2013 First Book Award
$3500 and publication
final judge: Amy Fleury
Below are the guidelines for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 10, 2013 and
close on July 8, 2013 (postmark and online submission deadline):
A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open
competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent
resident 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completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible).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 published by Southern
Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging,
please visit our website.
The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois
University Press, and will be awarded a $2000 prize. The winner will
also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale.
SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked or
submitted online between May 10, 2013 and the end of July 8, 2013
(online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT) on July 8,
2013). (For postal submissions since this is a postmark deadline, there
is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority
Mail are preferred.) Please do not send revisions of either postal or
online submissions; 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 for postal submissions; $28.00 per entry for
online submissions through Submittable ($25.00 plus $3.00 online
processing fee). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts
withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year's subscription
to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2013 Winter/Spring CRAB
PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should be typewritten,
single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should
appear on a page. Submit two title pages for the collection. The
author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the
first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in
the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously
published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after
the second title page. A clean photocopy is recommended, bound with a
spring clip or placed in a plain file folder (no paper clips or staples
please). Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since
manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include
illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University
Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.
All postal submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (check or
money order). Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in
Please address postal submissions to:
Jon Tribble, Series Editor
First Book Award
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest
results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been
received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Online entries should be sent
through Submittable (there is an additional $3.00 processing fee for
online entries, making the entry fee for each online entry $28.00).
Payment for online 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.
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 included, but this SHOULD NOT
be included in the manuscript file.
Please name your file the first eight letters of your manuscript title,
with no spaces; for example, if your manuscript was titled “A Collection
of Poems,” your file would be titled “acollect” or “ACOLLECT” (either
lower or upper case is fine). If your manuscript title has fewer than
eight letters or uses numerals, use what you have. If you have a symbol
or mark of punctuation as your title or as part of your title, spell out
what it stands for and use the first eight letters of that; for
example, if your manuscript was titled “Poems!,” your file would be
titled “poemsexc” for “Poems exclamation point.”
All entrants submitting online through Submittable will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2013.
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: jtribbleATsiuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )