2016 OPEN READING PERIOD

WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THE 2015 CHAPBOOK CONTEST.  CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES ZIMMERMAN!  SEE THE CHAPBOOK PAGE FOR WINNERS, HONORABLE MENTIONS AND FINALISTS.

 

WELCOME TO OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. THIS WILL BE AN EYE-POPPING YEAR, BEGINNING WITH THE OPEN READING PERIOD.

Open Reading Period: Jan. 1, 2016-March 15, 2016.
There is no fee for submission.

The Comstock Review is proud of its long-established reputation. We choose poems solely on the basis of what we consider to be their artistic merits. We are not swayed by long publishing histories. We do not publish single haiku, and rarely publish anything over two pages unless we find it exceptional. We are not afraid of the avant-garde, but shy from the overly obscure, the patently religious, and the needlessly graphic. Replies are sent up to 3 months after close of reading period. If we have time, we will comment on submissions.
Guidelines:
·         All submissions must be previous unpublished in any form, electronic or printed.

  • We do not accept simultaneous or e-mail submissions.
    · Please send no more than 4-5 poems total, typed, font size 12. Our page limit is 38 lines and spaces per page. Our journal is 65 characters wide. Consider your submissions in this context.
    ·         Put all identifying information on the front of each page submitted.
    ·         We may respond to you by e-mail if your poems are selected for an upcoming issue. We do not share or sell e-mail addresses.
    ·         If you send a cover letter with poems listed, please put the titles on separate lines to help our all-volunteer editors. A short bio is nice but not necessary. If your poems are chosen, we will request one.
    ·         A SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelop) must accompany all submissions except those from outside the continental U.S.Our editors appreciate: Well crafted verse, either traditional or non-traditional; consistency of metaphor; refreshing, distinctive imagery and diction; effective use of poetic devices and sonic qualities; theme or approach that casts new light on the world and the human condition; a poem that tickles your brain long after the page has turned.***SEND TO: Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215***

    We have two contests during the year. Please refer to the rules which must be followed.
    THE ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST/ Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award

    Final Judge for 2016: MARGE PIERCY
    Submissions accepted April 1 to July 15, 2016.
    All poems are screened by The Comstock Review Editors before going to the final judge.

    THE 2016 CHAPBOOK CONTEST sponsored by the Comstock Writer’s Group:
    Michael A Sickler will be the final judge. Chapbooks are screened by CR editors.

     

     

 

comstock review fall 2015