Comstock Review, Inc.

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Note: Beginning in 2020 all activities of The Comstock Review were absorbed into Comstock Review, Inc., a newly formed 501c-3 non-profit organization. The stated purpose of the Comstock Review, Inc. is "to promote, inspire and support the writer's community by providing a platform for writers to publish their written works, and to develop and promote programs, events, competitions, activities, and communications for and among writers.” Mission Statement: The mission of Comstock Review, Inc. (“CRInc”) is to promote the writing, reading and appreciation of poetry, and to provide opportunities for poets of all ages to share their work with broad audiences. We work to bring high-quality poetry to a wider audience through print, electronic media and in-person activities. We seek to encourage and honor diverse poetic voices. We affirm the “classic” talents of seasoned writers and give a never-forgotten hand up to new, rising talent. At the same time we work to attract new audiences and to broaden awareness for both rich poetic heritages and innovative forms of expression. Editorial Focus of The Comstock Review (poetry journal): Our primary vehicle for achieving this mission is the volunteer editorial board that has overseen publication of The Comstock Review from its founding thirty-five years ago as the local poetry publication, Poetpourri (renamed The Comstock Review beginning in 1997). The Comstock Review (the poetry journal) is proud of its long-established reputation of publishing the finest known and unknown poets throughout North America. The editors use a peer review process, and we choose poems solely on the basis of what we consider to be their artistic merits. The editors bring diverse preferences and interests to the peer review process, collaborating to select the best poems among those submitted. Editors share the following guidelines in general: Well crafted verse, either traditional or non-traditional, A poem that tickles your brain long after the page has turned, Theme or approach that casts new light on the world and the human condition, Effective use of poetic devices and sonic qualities, Refreshing, distinctive imagery and diction.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Elizabeth Anderson
Contact Title
Managing Editor / Board President
Submissions Policy
We accept submissions both electronically via Submittable and in print (by mail). 1.) Open reading period (January 1 - Mar 31): Peer review by multiple readers and unlimited submission with no fee. We ask for simultaneous submissions. 2.) Poetry contest (April 1-July 15): Fee for up to 5 poems. 40-line limit and blind peer review by multiple editors; no simultaneous submissions. Compensated judge picks 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes from top 25 entries. All 25 poems are published and final poems' authors receive a free copy of the issue in which prize poems appear. In addition, Editors' Choice Honorable Mention poems' authors receive a 1-year subscription. First, Second and Third Prize winners receive cash prizes. 3.) Chapbook contests (Aug 1 - Oct 31): Fee for each submission includes a copy of the winning chapbook. 25-34 pages of poetry. No simultaneous submissions. Blind peer review screening. Winners are chosen from top 25 entries by a judge selected from among the editors, but not involved in screening. Winner receives a cash prize plus 50 complimentary copies of the chapbook.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 01 / 01 - 03 / 31
Reporting Time
04 - 06 months
Author Payments
1) Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest runs from 4/1 to 7/15 2) Chapbook contests run from 8/1 to 10/31
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
The Comstock Review (Journal) – 1986; Comstock Review, Inc. – November 2019
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
Publish Print Anthology?
John M Bellinger
Staff Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I have been with the magazine since 1986. Was Manging Editor 2006-2009.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Volunteer staff or readers and poetry judges. We have a small group cleraical workers and a larger etaff of readers and "selectors". We do not seek edits to poems, publich the best of what we get. _if it fits.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Label poems for open readings (name and address). Label COVER letters for poetry contests. DO NOT LABEL CONTEST WORK. We accept mail submissions, but encourage using submittable. No Need for extensive cover bios or credits. THE POEM IS THE THING
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Everything read by at least three editors. Open reading judged by staff. For contests, we pick the top 25 to go to the final judge. All Chapbooks read on a pass/fail basis, and winoowed down for the judge.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
A thoughtfulness of sound and rhythm. An understanding of what language can do - a compelling read. Not just a journal entry, but something that looks and feels deeper, more intimate, or grander through the use of poetic tecnique. Linguistic Daring.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
DON'T WORRY. Be yourself, find your voice. One million publishing credits have no bearing. Age has no bearing. THE POEM IS THE THING. The best poets fail to pass muster, while an unknown can always bring us new revelation. Every poem is your first.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone with an open, inquiring, and thoughtful mind.