Common Ground Review publishes twice a year. 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


The reading period for our Fall/Winter issue is usually March 1st-August 31st.  However, we have a backlog of poems so this year, 2018, we are closing the poetry reading period early (as of May 1) and will reopen for submissions again on September 1st.  

We also look for a short work of creative non-fiction to spotlight in the Fall/Winter issue.


The Poetry reading period for our Spring/Summer issue is officially September 1st-March 1st.  In addition, we have a Poetry Contest.

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 1st.  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

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
Judge: TBA

  • Submit 1-3 brilliant as-yet-unpublished poems (61 lines or under) on any subject.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)
  • 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 April 10, 2020)
 Enclose SASE for a list of winners and honorable mentions
(Honorable mentions will be published)
 NEW Deadline is MAY 30, 2020

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 5 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) and your snailmail address.

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) and your snailmail address.

Short stories should be a maximum of 12 pages, double-spaced.  While we have no objection to 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) and your snailmail address.

Common Ground Review