Written by Ella Peary September 21st, 2023

Crab Creek Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Crab Creek Review is an established print journal of poetry and creative nonfiction, founded in 1983. They publish both emerging and established writers, and they have a long list of well-known authors who have been featured in past issues: Naomi Shihab Nye, Dorianne Laux, Ilya Kaminsky, and more. You can get a sense of what they publish by reading the special online edition, “The Spring Crab,” for free. Copies of the print journal are also available for purchase.

Besides the special online edition, “The Spring Crab,” Crab Creek Review is normally published twice a year in print.  Crab Creek Review is based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and it’s distributed in six bookstores in and around Seattle, Washington.

Right now, Crab Creek Review is open to submissions through November 15. Please note, though, that they will close to submissions once they’ve received 300 so they will probably close well before this. If you find that they are already closed, check back later for their next open reading period.

Poets may submit up to four poems, totaling eight pages or fewer. Authors of creative nonfiction may submit one piece, 1,000 words or fewer. They accept a wide range of forms and styles of both poetry and creative nonfiction, including experimental writing, but they do not accept literary criticism, scholarly articles, or reportage. Submitting authors can expect a response within eight weeks.

Crab Creek Review accepts submissions online via Submittable, not by email or post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors note these in a cover letter, and withdraw writing published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work. Also, they only accept one submission per author during each reading period.

Crab Creek Review only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to Crab Creek Review, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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