outstanding poetry since 1986


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Please note that we no longer accept any simultaneous submissions.
Candidates for Pushcart nominations are selected from this reading period

Replies sent up to 2 months after close of reading period.

Acceptances published in either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 in 2018.

The Comstock Review Contributor’s Guidelines

The Comstock Review is proud of its long-established reputation of publishing the finest known and unknown poets throughout North America. We choose our poems solely on the basis of what we consider to be their artistic merits. We are not swayed by long publishing histories. We do not publish single haiku, and rarely publish anything over two pages unless we find it exceptional and deserving of so much space. We are not afraid of the avant-garde, but shy from the overly obscure, the patently religious, and the needlessly graphic.

Our Editors Appreciate:

• Well crafted verse, either traditional or non-traditional; • Consistency of metaphor;
• Refreshing, distinctive imagery and diction;
• Effective use of poetic devices and sonic qualities;

• Theme or approach that casts new light on the world and the human condition; and/or • A poem that tickles your brain long after the page has turned.


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