FREE SUBMISSIONS RE-OPEN NOVEMBER 1
General Submissions Close November 15!
General Submissions and Fast Lane Submissions open for Crab Creek September 15! Send us your best and brightest: that prose you've been storing in desk drawers and the poems you've been fine-tuning for months on end. Work submitted in the fall will be published in our 2021 Spring Issue.
To continue our work and promote equity in the Crab Creek community, we committed this June to making our Fast Lane Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Classics submissions free for Black writers. Learn more about our commitment to increasing diversity at Crab Creek Review in our Statement of Solidarity.
Please see full guidelines on our Submissions page before submitting.
2020 Crab Creek Poetry Prize Selections!
Congratulations to the winner of this year’s contest, Frederick Speers, for his poem, "Whispering with You in the Early Hours."
Keetji Kuipers selected this poem, saying: Sometimes I think that reading a new poem is like participating in a taste test. I’m blindfolded and asked, “Is this made with real sugar or fake, with cherry juice or cherry flavoring?” It’s about identifying the authentic, the true. And the most true is a poem that risks itself, that steps out onto the dance floor and spins, perhaps imperfectly, to its own wild music. “Whispering with You in the Early Hours” risks sentiment and self-indulgence, and comes out the other side full of real, true feeling. This poem is the mysterious stranger at the party the poet describes: I want them to sidle up to me and whisper all the secrets of their heart, this world.
Finalists selected are Darius Simpson for his poem, "Shatter," Annie Hampford for "Iceberg Garden," and Leela Srinivasan for "Habits."
These four poems and semifinalist poems will appear in the next issue of Crab Creek Review.
Congratulations to Speers, the finalists, and semifinalists! And thank you to all who submitted for sharing and trusting us with your poems.
Crab Creek Stands with Black Lives Matter
Crab Creek Review stands with Black Lives Matter and acknowledges our place within the systematically racist structure of publishing. As a journal, we must do better to publish Black writers and writers of color. As a predominantly white-led organization, we are committed to actively working to dismantle white supremacy culture and the institutional racism that have brought us to this moment in time. We are committed to reviewing our own journal and the work we do in this light.
Allyship involves unlearning and intensive, personal work. As we reflect on the injustices that have occurred over recent weeks and since the beginning of America, we are working as a team to speak up against anti-blackness. With the privilege of being able to publish and promote change, Crab Creek Review shares a great responsibility towards bringing inclusivity into literary spaces.
To ensure that this happens, we plan to:
Our latest issue is here! With work from writers across the country (and the world!), we're pretty excited for this May release.
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