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 sample poems of editors, past and present.
2013 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest
is open for submissions to Postmark July 1, 2013
Please carefully review RULES which must be followed.
Final Judge: B. H. Fairchild
The Comstock Review is proud to present the winners of the
2012 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest
Dorianne Laux, Judge
Volume 26 for 2012, a double issue, is delayed in printing. We look forward to sharing these prizewinning poets and all others accepted in 2012 with our subscribers in tne next couple of months. (3/13)
First Prize, $1,000
Jamie Ross of Carson, NM, for Alicia
Second Prize, $250
Judith Ferrara of Worcester, MA, for Elegy for a Plane Robber - Manila, 2000
Third Prize, $100
Diane LeBlanc of Northfield, MN, for Of Almost Believing
Molly Sutton Kiefer of Red Wing, MN, for What She Brings from the Market
Diane LeBlanc of Northfield, MN, for Speaking of Weather
Karen Weyant of Warren, PA, for Landscape with Starving Deer
Editor’s Choice Award
Michael Boccardo of High Point, NC, for What the Police Report Will Miss
Honorable Mentions and Editor’s Choice receive subscriptions for Volume 27, 2013
Special Merit Recognition goes to:
Michael Boccardo of High Point, NC, for three poems:
Tusk, Undertow, and Another Love Poem Disguised as an Orange
Mary Legato Brownell of Jenkintown, PA, for Addendum
Jennifer Elmore of Newburyport, MA, for Love Poem for a Tree
Teresa Gilman of Syracuse, NY, for Pitfall
Erica Goss of Los Gatos, CA, for What Would You Give
Carrie Heimer of Fairbanks, AK, for Afterthought
Catherine Johnson of Granite Bay, CA, for "II"
Janet Joyner of Winston-Salem, NC, for The Word Arrives
Kathleen Kirk of Normal, IL, for Making It Personal
Rebecca Lauren of Philadelphia, PA, for Eager as Hell
Debra Marquart of Ames, IA, for Oud
Connie Post, of Livermore, CA, for Four Miles from the Center of Town
Marilee Richards of Sedona, AZ, for The Fine Print (a Translation)
Jenna Rindo of Pickett, WI, for How to make paper
at home using readily available equipment and materials
Jamie Ross of Carson, NM, for two poems:
Cafe in the Rain, with a Print on the Wall and Amphibian, Going South
Catherine Strisik of San Cristobal, NM, for Angst
Gary Thomas of Turlock, CA, for Arrayed Like These
Jeanne Wagner of Kensington, CA, for two poems:
For My Mother Who Always Undressed in the Closet at Night
and Ophelia Drowning in the Suburbs
Diana Woodcock of Midlothian, VA, for Keeping Me on My Toes
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 Dorianne Laux.
The Comstock Writers' Group Editors are pleased to announce our
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest Winner 2011
(Prize: $1,000 and Fifty Copies of the Winning Chapbook)
Lucinda Grey of Charlotte, NC
The Blue Hills: Poems After the Life of Maud Gonne
Chapbook will be mailed out, bulk mail, the week of April 8th.
If you were a contestant and have moved, please let us know immediately.
Please click here for all the chapbooks honored chapbooks for 2011.
All contestants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon publication. Please keep your address current with us.
Click here for previous chapbook winners and special merit honors.
O P E N R E A D I N G P E R I O D for 2 0 1 3:
OPEN READING PERIOD is closed.
Normally our reading period is JANUARY 1 - MARCH 15 yearly.
We are accepting poetry for the open reading period during the dates above. No reading fee.
Please observe our submission guidelines, especially no simultaneous submissions, no e-mail submissions and we require a self-addressed stamped envelope to respond to writers in the Continental U.S.
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Georgia A. Popoff is our Managing Editor as of 2010.
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Click on: Contest Winners
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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:
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Check back in this space in 2009 for up to date rules!!
PLEASE NOTE: The next Chapbook contest is
August 1 to extension October 15, 2013
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest Winners
as selected by Kathleen Bryce Niles, Final Judge
2011: Lucinda Grey of Charlotte, NC, The Blue Hills:
Poems After the Life of Maud Gonne
2009: Lynne Martin Bowman, Water Never Sleeps
2007: Jennifer Key, The Manifest Destiny of Desire
2005: J. F. Connolly.................. Among the Living
2003: Sophie Wadsworth.......Letters from Siberia
We invite you to order a copy of the winning chapbooks. Please e-mail for details and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the rules for the 2013 contest.