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Crab Creek Review

Literary Magazine



Flash Nonfiction



We are Seattle's 34-year old nonprofit print literary journal publishing the best writing from the Northwest and beyond.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    2 months*
    Editor reported data
    70 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Sub Genres: Literary

Send one piece up to 5,000 words or up to three pieces of flash fiction/lyric prose fiction. We are interested in all types of stories, though sometimes suspicious of those in which genre conventions overshadow literary concerns. Still: please surprise us. Send one file, with your work double-spaced, 12pt standard font. One submission per reading period. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns.


No specific limitations

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 2

Send one piece up to 1,000 words or up to two micro-essays (500 words max each) per submission period. Regardless of topic, we’re looking to publish well-crafted concise prose that exhibits depth and nuance, a clear voice, personal reflection, and vivid scenes. Experimental and non-traditional forms are very welcome.


Max pieces: 3

No more than eight pages total. We welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content, except that we will not consider work that is defamatory, discriminatory, or that promotes hatred. 12pt standard font. One batch of submissions per reading period. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; please do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revisions concerns.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include a cover letter in the provided space in the Submittable form (not in the document). Include your mailing address, social media handle, email and phone number, a 50-word bio, and the titles of the pieces you are submitting. Should you submit something that is under simultaneous consideration, please indicate this in your cover letter and notify us immediately by adding a note to your Submittable account if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    12pt standard font

  • Author's rights

    ​Our current payment is in the form of one copy of the issue for which your work has been accepted. We buy first rights as well as the rights to use your name and the accepted work (in whole or part) on our website and blog. Beyond this use, and following publication, rights revert to the author. We ask that Crab Creek Review be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.

  • Additional info

    Payment is in contributor copies.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

70 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

9 days

Fastest response time

198 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 943 days, 1094 days

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Submission calls

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    Julia Hands