Deadline: July 15, 2024

Entry fee: $5

About the competition

Here ‘s how it works: our editorial staff chooses approximately fifty to sixty finalists. The highest scoring finalists (25 or so) are considered Special Merit poems. Special Merit poems go to the judge. The judge determines the top three prize winners. The entire editorial staff then selects the Honorable Mentions from the remaining Special Merits.

Top Prize:


Competition guideline

  • *NEW* Submit poems as Word documents (as 1 whole file or several files at 1 poem per document). Editors’ eyes prefer classic fonts and size.
  • *NEW* Each poem may be up to 60 lines, beginning with the first line of text below the title. Count all stanza breaks, spaces, punctuation.
  • The maximum line length is 70, characters, punctuation and spaces.
  • *REVISED* Do not include identifying information in the poem submission so screening editors and the final judge can be impartial. Names, addresses, acknowledgements and bio in the cover letter only. (When submitting poems by mail, DO put your name on the BACK of each sheet of paper)
  • *REVISED* Poems must be original, unpublished in ANY medium, print or electronic. No AI-generated poems. Editors have the right to disqualify all poems submitted by a poet if there is previous publication.
  • *REVISED* Top ranked finalists become Special Merit poems. They are accepted work, to be published in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue. These poems go to the Judge, who chooses the First, Second and Third prizes. The editors may then choose Honorable Mentions.
  •  *NEW* If you use simultaneous submission, tell us in your cover letter. Notify us immediately if you wish to withdraw the poem. This applies only before it is selected as a finalist. The Comstock Review reserves the right of first refusal for all accepted submissions.
  • Poets whose contest entries are published in the award (Fall/Winter) issue receive a free contributor’s copy of the issue. They may purchase additional copies at a discounted rate.
  • Read the whole guideline and enter the competition here.
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