The 2017 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

The Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook
WINNER 2017:

Paul Martin of Allentown, PA

Mourning Dove

Award: $1,000 and 50 Copies of the Winning Chapbook

(in alphabetic order)

Sandra Cutuli of Los Angeles, CA
Tracks and Signs: Poems

Richard Levine of Brooklyn, NY

Elaine Seaman of Kalamazoo, MI
Beyond Cornfields


Dana Alsamsam of Boston, (in)habit
Raymond Philip Asaph of Long Island, NY,   All the Urgent Voices

Idris Anderson of San Carlos, CA,  Pruning the Pears
Raymond Bizzari of Aurora, NY,  The Complications of Having Feet
Chrisopher Burawa of Red Wing, MN,  A Fallen Center
J.L. Cooper of Carmichael, CA,  Hands Across a Hickory Table
Anna De Vaul of Talequah, OK,  Cosmonaut
Milo Gallagher of Oakland, CA,  The Actual Woods
Bill Garten of Hudson, OH,  Asphalt Heart

Erin Kae of Somerville, MA,  Grasp This Salt
Francis Klein of Glen Ridge, NJ,  Heart’s Tango
 Ananda Lima of Maplewood, NJ,  Mother Tongue

Red Hawk of Monticello, AR,  How You Learn What Love Is
Katya Reno of Galesburg, IL,  Slip

Terry Savoie of Coralville, IA,  Almost Praying
Sarah Sousa of Ashfield, MA,  Dwell
Zack Strait of Tallahasee, FL,  Hands
Anne Dyer Stuart of Bloomsburg, PA,  Inheritance
Memye Curtis Tucker of Decatur, GA,  Here Where the Past Begins
Jaclyn Weber of Santa Fe, NM,  Sky Door
Kirk Wilson of Austin, TX,  Rules for Objects


We thank all the contestants who entered and whose chapbooks
were considered by the Final Judge, Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton.
You  will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon publication.

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The Comstock Review  presents
The 2018 Comstock Writers Group 
Chapbook Contest 

Accepting submission from Aug 1st to Oct. 31st (postmark)

First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 50 author’s copies.
Entry Fee: $30/chapbook (includes copy of winning chapbook)
Submissions accepted after August 1 — to postmark October 31, 2017

FINAL JUDGE:  Peggy Miller (Comstock Review editor)

SEND TO: The Comstock Review Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215


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New Guideline: The poet must NOT have already WON a previous chapbook contest in The Comstock Review.

The Rules:
1.   Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals.
2.   Will consider simultaneous submissions as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
3.   Submit 25-34 pages of poetry, single-spaced (1 page=38 lines maximum, including spacing between lines;
poems may run longer than 1 page). Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.
4.   Do not count title page, table of contents, acknowledgments, dedication, or bio in the page length.
5.   Do not send illustrations, photos, or any other graphics attached to the poems.
6.   Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip; no staples or plastic covers.
7.   Judging is done without any reference to the poet’s name.  All entries are screened by the editors of The Comstock Review.
8.   Include 2 cover pages: 1 with mss title, poet’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; second with mss title only.
       Poet’s name should not appear on poems. List acknowledgments on a separate, removable page.
9.    Include SASE for results only; mss will not be returned.

SEND TO: The Comstock Review Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215
Final Judge for 2018 will bePeggy Miller

Winner is notified in December.
Winning chapbooks are saddle-stitched, and available at $12.00 per copy.

For ordering details, email