2016 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award
$4000 and publication
final judge: Jennifer Richter

Below are the guidelines for the 2016 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 15, 2016 and close on July 10, 2016 (online submissions only):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors who have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press or have a book under contract with Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit http://CrabOrchardReview.siu.edu/conpo3.html.)

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online between May 15, 2016 and the end of July 10, 2016 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on July 10, 2016). While the submission window is open on Submittable, it is possible to make corrections or revisions to your manuscript if necessary. Simply request that we open your manuscript for editing and we will be glad to do that. It is never necessary to withdraw and resubmit a manuscript because of a submission error with this editing feature on Submittable. Please do not make revisions once the submission period has closed since we will have begun reading; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a single copy of the 2017 double issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: MManuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file. (So the order in the manuscript file is Title page with only the manuscript title, Table of Contents, and then the Manuscript of Poems with no more than one poem per page.)

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED AND IS NOT REVIEWED AT ANY TIME IN THE SCREENING AND JUDGING PROCESS.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2016.


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. 

E-MAIL: jtribble@siu.edu (e-mail preferred)

PHONE: 618-453-6833

















INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED AND IS NOT REVIEWED AT ANY TIME IN THE SCREENING AND JUDGING PROCESS.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2016.