Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

First Book Award
Deadline: 
- Check back on April 15 for Upcoming Deadline

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have not published a book of poems of over 48 pages in an edition of over 500 copies are eligible. Brian Barker will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crab Orchard Review, between May 15 and July 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, First Book Award, English Department, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Series Editor.

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