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Crab Orchard Review


Medium: Print


Genres Accepted: fiction,nonfiction,poetry,review,interview,translation

Established: 1995

Circulation: 2,200


A journal of creative works

Payment: pays $20/page, $50 minimum for poetry, $100 minimum for stories


Crab Orchard Review is published out of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. According to Writer’s Market, they would like more novel excerpts that can stand alone as pieces of fiction.

Crab Orchard Review also holds annual literary contests each spring.


I like the Crab Orchard Review because it seems personal. All work is read by one of the three main editors, and they do not use standard rejection slips. They welcome simultaneous submissions, and specify that work previous published on a personal website or blog, or publication directly tied to a student writer’s educational pursuits (e.g. “work published in an undergraduate literary magazine for distribution in a college or university community or work collected in an unpublished thesis or creative dissertation that may be archived online for professional development”) are still considered for publication in Crab Orchard Review.

Calvin Connection:

Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions:

Simultaneous submissions welcomed.
No previously published work.
Allow up to 5 months response time.
Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for manuscript return.
Submit to winter/spring general issue February 1-April 30.
Submit to summer/fall themed issue August 1-October 31.
Upcoming theme available at
Submit one piece of prose up to 25 pages typed, double-spaced, and paginated.
Submit up to 6 poems typed, single-spaced.
Include name, address, and phone number on prose manuscript or on each poem.

Mail submissions to:
Department of English
Faner Hall 2380 – Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901


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