Common Ground Review is a free access on-line magazine as of Fall 2020. 

 We do not charge to read submissions for the magazine.  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 are a member of CLMP.


We are open for all submissions from September 1 to May 1.     


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 April 15th.  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.

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Sample Copies and Ordering 

If you are interested in ordering copies of our print issues, these cost $6 per copy (includes the cost of mailing.)

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: 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  • Submit 1-3 brilliant as-yet-unpublished poems (61 lines or under) on any subject.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)
  • Pay a fee of $15.  

    Honorable mentions will be published

    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!

    We do not accept simultaneous submissions for the contest. If you realize you have accidentally sent us a poem that has been submitted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Depending on how late that is in the judging process, we may accept an alternative submission.

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

Of course, these poems should not have been previously published.  You are welcome to submit them elsewhere while waiting to hear from us; just let us know if they are accepted, and we will rejoice with you.

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.  And of course, these should not have been published elsewhere.

In the document, please include a brief bio (50 words or so).

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