The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry began in 1998 as a co-publishing venture of The Crab Orchard Review literary journal (housed in the English department at Southern Illinois University) and Southern Illinois University Press with a mission to publish some of the best new work by established and new voices in American poetry. Each fall, The Crab Orchard Review sponsors an open competition for poetry manuscripts; the winners are then published in the series the following spring. Each spring, the journal chooses a manuscript for their First Book Award as well as an Editor’s Selection. These manuscripts are then published the following fall.
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