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Who We Are: The Comstock Writers’ Group incorporated in 1986. From its inception as a workshop for local poets begun in the living room of Jennifer MacPherson, it grew from its small beginnings as Poetpourri to the nationally known Comstock Review, soon to enter its third decade of publication. 

Click here to read more about our history...   Also visit:  Names of current editors  and ample poems of editors, past and present.

The Comstock Review presents the winners of the 2013 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest

Judge: B. H. Fairchild

First Prize, $1,000
Pat Daneman of Lexana, KS for Drop a Knife, Somebody’s Coming

Second Prize, $250 
Becky Dennison Sakellariou of Peterborough, NH & Kifissia, Greece for Midnight Rain

Third Prize, $100 
Annette Basalyga of Bridgeport, CT for May, 1945 - So When I Opened the Life Magazine

Honorable Mention Poets in Alphabetic Order
Teresa Gilman of Syracuse, NY for Verbs at midnight
Jessica Glover of Stillwater, OK for  Swallow
Karen Greenbaum-Maya of Claremont, CA for  Real Poem 
Steve Lautermilch of  Kill Devil Hills, NC for The Ice Melt Poems 
>Honorable Mention poets receive a one year subscription to Comstock Review

Special Merit Recognition Poets in Alphabetic Order
Elizabeth Aoki of Seattle, WA for  All the Signs Were There 
Gabriella M. Belfiglio of Brooklyn, NY for The Near and Far (after Tu Fu)
Pat Daneman of Lexana, KS for  (1) The Women in the Kitchen; (2) A Haunting 
Sheila deShields of San Jose, CA:   Ambient Signal 
Teresa Gilman of Syracuse, NY for  Adagio;  Caught in lime light;  It's not in him;  
Pablo and Gertrude eat lunch;   We are ghosts
Wanda Hoaglin of Babson Park, FL for  Hurricane Damage 
Walt Hunter of Salt Lake City, UT for  115 Greenlawn Avenue 
Judy Kaber of Belfast, ME for  Dry Season 
Steve Lautermilch of  Kill Devil Hills, NC for Wind Chime
Michael Pearce of Oakland, CA for  The Chosen
Angela Redmond-Theodore of Dade City, FL for  night of pigeons;
Finding Papa Robert in the Baltimore City Census, 1940 
Jessica Robbins of  Bothell, WA for Things through Which Other Things Can Be Seen
Joan I. Siegel of Blooming Grove, NY:  Echo's Lament
Russell Steinke of Oakdale, NY:  That Old House 

All poems listed will be published in CR Vol. 27, #2.
All poems are screened by the Comstock Review Editors.  
Editors and Final Judge do not know the poets’ names until winners are selected.  
This year’s Honorable Mention poems were selected by the Comstock Review editors.

To Contributors & Subscribers:  We appreciate all the uplifting comments from subscribers 
and contributors about double issue Vol. 26
   Please consider re-subscribing!  Vol. 27, #1 is coming from the printers next week.

Jessie Bryce Niles 2013 Chapbook Contest:   
Entries will be in the hands of our final judge By December 16th. 
  A list chapbooks going to the judge is being prepared.The Comstock Writer’s Group will hold a Chapbook Contest in 2014 as well.  
Watch this space and Poets & Writers Magazine for details.

Open Reading Period is Upcoming January 1 to March 31, 2013
Look for details.

Open Reading Period is Upcoming January 1 to March 31, 2014
(changed from March 15th in 2014).
Please: no simultaneous submissions, no e-mail submissions.
Click on  “How to Submit” in the box to the left on our home page
for additional information. Click on “Sample Poems” in the same box
to see the type of poetry we prefer. You can also follow links from
former Comstock Review poets from “Book Reviews” to enjoy their
poetry published other places.

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Click here for Book Reviews of all types. 
Comstock Review Poets: 
Reviews and Links to their work:
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Are you a Comstock Review poet?
In our continuing efforts to publicize the poets we have featured in the last 19 years, we welcome your web and book site links. Special emphasis on poets' sites featuring poetry. Send your URL's.    (Contact us here)  Reviews have been sporadic since Jennifer MacPherson's stroke suffered in February 2010.  If you have received notice that we will review your book and it does not appear, please write us at

What kind of poetry interests us?  
lick on:  Contest Winners
which includes our previous national judges' names.
To see winning poems, click on names of individual poems on that page.
Also see: 
Winners year 2000 and before or Sample Poems (includes editors' sample poems)
General Information about 2007 Contest:
Click here for Rules and Judge's bio.
here for guidelines if you need further information.
Check back in this space in 2009 for up to date rules!!  

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