Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

  This competition opens on October 1, 2019.

2020 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards

$2,500 and publication for the two winning collections of poems

final judge: Brian Turner

Below are the guidelines for the 2020 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition (online submissions only):

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1, 2019 through December 3, 2019. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1,000 prize and $1,500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets’ collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status are eligible* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*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 the Open Competition.)  

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online between October 1, 2019 and the end of December 3, 2019. (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (PST) on December 3, 2019). Submittable does now have an editing option so if there is a problem with your manuscript you do not need to withdraw it or submit it again to fix it; just request that we open the manuscript for editing and you can make the needed corrections. Please do not make revisions once the submission period has closed since we will begin reading right away; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. 

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 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 $25.00. 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.

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 May 1, 2020.

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: (e-mail preferred)

PHONE: 618-453-6833

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry