Saturday, December 29, 2012

Crab Creek Review 2012 Vol. 2 is Released!

Crab Creek Review 2012 v.2 is hot off the press! This issue features work from: Marci Ameluxen, Emily Banks, Michelle Skupski Bissell, Bill Brown, Bruce Cain, Michael Campagnoli, Amy Katherine Cannon, Gloria Chun, John Davis, Jenny Dolan, Linda Dove, Clara Changxin Fang, Rebecca Ellis, Ruth Foley, Rebecca Foust, Casey Fuller, Eva Hooker, Rita Hypnarowski, Jenna Le, Kim-An Lieberman, Stephanie Lovegrove, Al Maginnes, Diane Kirsten Martin, Tim Mayo, Paul McMahon, Rachel Mennies, Michelle Menting, Tara Mae Mulroy, Cynthia Neely, Greg Nicholl, Shawnte Orion, Fernando Perez, Rose Postma, Amanda Powell, David Ray, Rebecca Givens Rolland, Carol Smallwood, Jenny Smick, Rochelle Spencer, David Starkey, Douglas Sutton-Ramspeck, Ann Teplick, Anastacia Tolbert, Sara Tracey, Craig van Rooyen, Marc Vincenz, Adam Walsh, Jessica L. Walsh. Also featuring an interview with WA State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken.
Cover Art: Two Sylvias (Sylvia Beach & Sylvia Plath) by Nancy Canyon.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

We have extended our Fiction Contest deadline: Jan 15, 2013

We  have extended our annual Crab Creek Review Fiction Contest deadline to Jan. 15, 2013. You still have time to submit your fiction piece!

Guest Judge: Shann Ray
  • Email Submissions Only
  • Submit up to 3,000 words of previously unpublished fiction
  • $10 submission fee
  • All submissions considered for publication
  • Winner receives $200 and publication in Crab Creek Review
  • Please visit our Contest Page for complete guidelines

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Crab Creek Review's 2012 Fiction Contest (Sept. 15 - Dec. 15)

Guest Fiction Judge: Shann Ray

Submit to Crab Creek Review's 2012 Fiction Contest (Sept. 15 - Dec. 15)
Guest Judge: Shann Ray
  • Email Submissions Only
  • Submit up to 3,000 words of previously unpublished fiction
  • $10 submission fee
  • All submissions considered for publication
  • Winner receives $200 and publication in Crab Creek Review
  • Please visit our Contest Page for complete guidelines
 Shann Ray’s collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf Press), named by Esquire as one of Three Books Every Man Should Read and selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2011, won the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize and was the winner of an American Book Award in 2012.  Sherman Alexie called it “tough, poetic, and beautiful” and Dave Eggers said Ray's work is “lyrical, prophetic, and brutal, yet ultimately hopeful."  Ray is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division.  Ray's book of creative nonfiction, leadership and political theory Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity (Rowman & Littlefield), was named an Amazon Hot New Release in War and Peace in Current Events, and engages the question of ultimate forgiveness in the context of ultimate violence.  The winner of the Subterrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review Fiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Inlander Short Story Contest, and the Ruminate Short Story Prize, his work has appeared in some of the nation’s leading literary venues including Poetry, McSweeney‘s, Narrative, Story Quarterly, and Poetry International.  Shann grew up in Montana and spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation.  He lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington where he teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crab Creek Review Now Open for Submissions (Aug. 15, 2012)

We are now open for submissions (Aug. 15, 2012--Jan. 23, 2013). Crab Creek Review accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Email submissions only.

We are interested in publishing both established writers and emerging writers. Over the years we've published and/or interviewed: Naomi Shihab Nye, Rebecca Wells, William Stafford, Madeline DeFrees, David Guterson, Mark Doty, Dorianne Laux, Marvin Bell, Peter Pereira, Ilya Kaminsky, David Wagoner, Kathleen Alcala, Denise Duhamel, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Peggy Shumaker, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Nin Andrews, Mary Biddinger, Frances McCue, Virgil Suarez, Martha Silano, Jim Daniels, Kathleen Flenniken, Patricia Fargnoli, Sam Hamill, Susan Rich, Kary Wayson, Amanda Auchter, Rebecca Foust, Tina Kelley, Sandy Longhorn, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Megan Snyder-Camp, Ann Tweedy, and Dana Levin.

Before submitting, please read our complete guidelines: 
We also suggest that you read one of our issues, which can be ordered on our site:

We look forward to reading your work!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Crab Creek Review Announces 2012 Poetry Contest Results!

Poetry Contest Judge, Susan Rich, has chosen the following poems as the winner, honorable mentions, and finalists of our annual Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest:

Leia Penina Wilson-- "And we lost the city we woke up in"
(Leia Penina Wilson’s “and we lost the city we woke up in” is the most interesting break-up poem I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Part fugue, part country song, part high lyric yearning --- the poem creates a world of broken images in a slow, calm, and utterly controlled measure. There are so many lines I admire here & i crawled inside you and took off all my clothes and still couldn’t exorcise your heart is a line I wish to steal as well as i built a boat with all the towels in your closet &. The ampersand becomes a character of its own moving across the poem to mark different beginnings, endings, and middles. I’ve called this a break-up poem but it could just as easily be a poem of building up a self, constructing an identity through loss and love; the way we all must do.  ~Susan Rich)

Honorable Mentions:
Dave Jarecki-- "Nona Says As I’m Leaving for College"
(The juxtaposition of ordinary phrasing made extraordinary hooks me with each reading of “Nona Says As I’m Leaving for College”:  Stay off the weed, the dope. Don’t think/ is a line that delights me each time I read it. ~Susan Rich)

Greg Nicholl-- "Later I Dreamt the Black Rabbit"
(“Later I Dreamt the Black Rabbit” mixes the real with the surreal creating a world where to purchase a train ticket to a strange town / because you like the sound of its name, makes perfect sense. This is a poem I want to live inside of. ~Susan Rich)

Matthew Guenette-- "A Failure of Spring Rain"
(“A Failure of Spring Rain” is a poem drenched in summer love and a nostalgia told wild and fresh: bass banged so low it migrained our knees, but wasn’t it good, that gasoline smell? ~Susan Rich)

Jessica Walsh-- "The Balloon Artist Falls in Love"
(In “The Balloon Artist Falls in Love” I admire the poet’s cinematic images of “giraffes” and “beach skeletons,” “burning dollars” and “the moon’s terrible failure” which come together to create a trancelike state in this reader’s mind. ~Susan Rich)

Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Judith Barrington-- "Lake Patzcuaro"
Judith Barrington-- "Not a Credo"
Dave Byrd-- "Spring Cleaning"
Katie Eberhart-- "Efficiency Is A Force of Nature As Well As Economics"
Katharine Ogle-- "Riddle For Hunger"
Anna Scotti-- "Philadelphia"
Anna Scotti-- "Save Me a Slice of Raisin Toast…"
Claire Skinner-- "What’s New"
Maya Jewell Zeller-- "The Big Quiet"

Thank you to Susan Rich for judging our contest and to our poetry editor, Ronda Broatch. We received a large number of incredible poems this year. Thank you to all of the poets who entered--we enjoyed reading your work!

Look for all of these poems in Crab Creek Review 2013 v.1.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Crab Creek Review 2012 v.1 is Now Available!

Crab Creek Review 2012 v.1 is Now Available!
Poetry: Amanda Auchter, Brent Calderwood, David Cazden, Liz N. Clift, Laura E. Davis (Poetry Contest Winner), Monic Ductan, Rebecca Foust, Marie Gauthier, Jennifer Givhan, Tina Kelley, Dana Levin, Sandy Longhorn, Kevin Miller, Samuel Mock, Jill Osier, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Ben Purkert, Michael Schmeltzer, Megan Snyder-Camp, Sarah Steinke, Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Benjamin Sutton, Ann Tweedy, John Willson, Francine Witte, Jane Wong, Leslee Rene Wright, Maya Jewell Zeller, Monika Zobel, and Claire Zoghb.
Fiction: Dan Moreau and Roger Sheffer (Fiction Contest Winner).
Non-Fiction: Justin Wadland.
Interview: Jeannine Hall Gailey interviews Dana Levin.
Cover Art: me and frida and our chicken by Michel Demetria Tsouris.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crab Creek Review's Fiction Contest Winner Announced!

Contest judge, Kim Barnes has chosen "The Tenant" by Roger Sheffer as the winner of Crab Creek Review's 2011 Fiction Contest. About her decision to choose "The Tenant", Kim Barnes writes, "The best fiction takes us to that strange place where we have never been but instantly recognize as familiar, and Roger Sheffer's "The Tenant" is just that kind of story: peculiar, fascinating, and, finally, heartbreaking in its portrayal of our need to control the chaos of emotion and vulnerability when what we desire most of all is the courage to belong."

Roger Sheffer has been teaching writing at Minnesota State Mankato since 1980. His most recent book publication is the story collection Music of the Inner Lakes (New Rivers). His stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Northwest Review, Third Coast, Fugue, Harpur Palate, and many other magazines. His interests, beyond writing, include hiking, rowboats, composing music, and choir singing. About his winning fiction piece, Roger writes, "I was interested in how the power differential between two characters could change, during the course of a story. That it began with a cough and ended with an eviction seemed predestined; hopefully, not too predictable."

Thank you to contest judge, Kim Barnes and to our fiction editors, Jen Betterley and Nancy Canyon. Congratulations, Roger!

Look for "The Tenant" in Crab Creek Review 2012 v. 1, available in spring.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Crab Creek Review's Annual Poetry Contest (2012): March 1st - May 31st

Enter Crab Creek Review's 2012 Poetry Contest! This year's submission period is March 1st - May 31st. Our guest judge is award winning poet, Susan Rich.
  • Submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems
  • $200 prize and publication in Crab Creek Review
  • $10 entry fee
  • All entries considered for publication
  • Email submissions only
For complete guidelines, please visit:

Susan Rich (guest contest judge) is the author of three collections of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010) which was named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World (2000) which won the PEN West Award for Poetry. She has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Her featured appearances include the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland and the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. Recent poems have been published in the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, Poetry International, Poetry Ireland, The Southern Review, New England Review, and The Women’s Review of Books. Born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts, Susan now makes her home in Seattle, WA. This summer she will be returning to Ireland to teach at Anam Cara Writers Retreat. For more information on Susan see her at website ( or at her blog, The Alchemist’s Kitchen

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry

Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry is the first electronic collection of poems by women writing today. Poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy, Co-Editors of Crab Creek Review and Co-Founders of Two Sylvias Press, have collaborated on this ground-breaking literary project. Featuring over 70 of the most extraordinary poets from a variety of backgrounds and whose ages span from thirteen to ninety-one, Fire On Her Tongue showcases superbly crafted poems exploring the contemporary woman’s experience. Fire On Her Tongue is a unique collection created specifically with eBook readers in mind. This anthology has been entirely produced with a zero-carbon footprint as a “green” way to share today’s most exciting poetry with a larger audience. Fire On Her Tongue is an amazing resource for any reader or student who wants to explore an in-depth selection of work from some of today’s strongest women poets.

Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry includes poems by Kim Addonizio, Deborah Ager, Ivy Alvarez, Nin Andrews, Elizabeth Aoki, Elizabeth Austen, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Dorothy Barresi, Judith Barrington, Mary Biddinger, Elizabeth Bradfield, Ronda Broatch, Gloria Burgess, Jill Crammond, Barbara Crooker, Rachel Dacus, Madeline DeFrees, Susan Elbe, Patricia Fargnoli, Annie Finch, Kathleen Flenniken, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Rebecca Foust, Suzanne Frischkorn, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Maya Ganesan, Arielle Greenberg, Kate Greenstreet, Lola Haskins, Eloise Klein Healy, Jane Hirshfield, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Anna Maria Hong, Holly Hughes, Ann Batchelor Hursey, Luisa A. Igloria, Jill McCabe Johnson, Tina Kelley, Janet Norman Knox, Keetje Kuipers, Dorianne Laux, Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Kate Lebo, Carol Levin, Rebecca Loudon, Erin Malone, Marjorie Manwaring, Frances McCue, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, January Gill O’Neil, Alicia Ostriker, Nancy Pagh, Alison Pelegrin, Susan Rich, Rachel Rose, Natasha Sajé, Peggy Shumaker, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, Patricia Smith, Ann Spiers, A.E. Stallings, Joannie Kervran Stangeland, Marilyn L. Taylor, Molly Tenenbaum, Ann Tweedy, Nance Van Winckel, Katrina Vandenberg, Sarah Vap, Kary Wayson, Katharine Whitcomb, Wendy Wisner, Rachel Zucker.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thank you for your support of Crab Creek Review!

Crab Creek Review exists because writers, poets, readers, and those who appreciate and believe in the literary arts continue to support us.  May your life continue to have the good karma that you give us.

Thank you for all that you do!

With thanks from all the editors at Crab Creek Review.