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Crab Creek Review

Crab Creek Review was founded by Linda Clifton in 1983. The publication is a perfect-bound print literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Reading period: September 15 through November 15.

The editors seek original, unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Only original, previously unpublished work will be considered.

Submission Guidelines


Send up to four poems, no more than eight pages total.

Send one piece up to 5,000 words or up to three pieces of flash fiction/lyric prose fiction. We are interested in all types of stories, though sometimes suspicious of those in which genre conventions overshadow literary concerns. Still: please surprise us.

Creative Nonfiction
Send one piece up to 3,000 words or up to three micro-essays (750 words max) per submission period. We’re looking to publish fresh perspectives from diverse voices. We want to read exceptional narratives that illuminate the range of bitter and sweet that is human existence.

Regardless of topic, Crab Creek Review is looking for well-crafted prose that exhibits depth and nuance, a clear voice, personal reflection, and vivid scenes. Experimental and non-traditional forms welcome.

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