Common Ground Review is an on-line magazine as of Fall 2020.  The combined Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer magazine was our last print issue.

 We do not charge to read submissions for the magazine; contributors will receive a copy of the magazine they publish in.  We do have a $15 fee for entering the poetry contest (see Spring/Summer).  We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions except for the poetry contest


We will reopen for all submissions on October 1st.  


Our Poetry Contest offers a $500 first prize, $200 second prize, and $100 third prize, in addition to publication.  We also publish Honorable Mentions.  The Poetry Contest has a different guest judge each year, and a deadline: entries for the contest must be postmarked or emailed by March 31.  No simultaneous submissions are allowed.  Each entry can have up to 3 poems, of no more than 60 lines each, and poets can submit more than one entry as long as they also pay the fee for each entry,

We also look for a short story to spotlight in our Spring/Summer issue.

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Sample Copies and Ordering 

We apologize but until the campus is open to students and faculty, we will not be able to send sample copies or extra copies of current issues.  

Sample Copies cost $6 (includes postage).  Current issues (within the past year) cost $12 each or $20 for two (again, includes postage).  

Please send a check made out to Western New England University to 

Janet Bowdan, H-5132

Common Ground Review

Western New England University

1215 Wilbraham Rd.

Springfield, MA  01119

$500 First ◊ $200 Second ◊ $100 Third Prizes

and publication in Common Ground Review (on-line).

Judge: Simeon Berry


  • Submit 1-3 brilliant as-yet-unpublished poems (61 lines or under) on any subject.  

  • No simultaneous submissions.  

  • Give us a brief biography (50-100 words)

  • Pay a fee of $15.  

If by Snail Mail, send poems and a check for $15 made out to



Janet Bowdan, Editor

Common Ground Review


Western New England University

1215 Wilbraham Rd.

Springfield, MA  01119

 (Postmark must be no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021)

Honorable mentions will be published

 Deadline is MARCH 31, 2021


Contest Submission Guidelines

 We look for well-crafted poems that take an idea and develop it.  If they are also gorgeous, funny, heart-breaking, fascinating, so much the better!

If by snail-mail, please include contact information (name, address, email and phone number) on a cover sheet with a list of poem titles, but not on the poems themselves.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions for the contest.  

Please send up to 3 poems in a single document.  Poems should be single-spaced, and no more than 60 lines each.  

Please include a brief bio (50-75 words).

Creative Non-Fiction submissions should be no more than 12 pages, double-spaced.  While we are equally intrigued by memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, and lyrical essays, we are, above all, looking for well organized, thoughtful and imaginative discussions.

In the document, please include a brief bio (50-100 words).

Short stories should be a maximum of 12 pages, double-spaced.  While we love reading well-written genre fiction in our daily lives, we will not be publishing it in the magazine.  Instead, we hope to spotlight more innovative and thoughtful stories that could be categorized as literary.  As CGR is primarily a poetry magazine, we are particularly interested in stories that are attentive to and careful about the use of language.

In your document, please include a brief bio (50-75 words).

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