The 2022 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest

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The 2022 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest runs between April 1 and July 15. 
Judge:  Ellen Bass

First Prize: $1,000 (The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award)
Second Prize: $250      Third Prize: $100
Honorable Mentions receive a one-year subscription.

Submission Period Opens April 1st annually. Deadline: July 15th (postmark)

FOR MAIL SUBMISSIONS:
           Send to: The Comstock Review Summer Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215.
Fee is $5 per poem, no limit to poems.  SASE Optional 

OR

submit online
($25 plus $2.50 online fees for up to 5 poems):

No names or contact info on poems.  This info MUST be in cover letter.
To submit online, press black “click here to SUBMIT ” button below.
submit

GUIDELINES AND ENTRY FEES

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 and are guaranteed publication. The judge determines the top three prize winners. The entire editorial staff then selects the Honorable Mentions from the remaining Special Merits.

The Rules:
1. Each poem on a separate 8.5 x 11 page, typed, IF SUBMITTED BY MAIL
2. Poems must be original, unpublished in ANY medium, print or electronic. The Comstock Review reserves the first refusal rights if there is any error in the poet’s records that results in simultaneous submission. Editors have the right to disqualify all poems submitted by a poet if there is any question of previous publication or notice of acceptance elsewhere by accident.
3. No poem must exceed 40 lines, beginning with the first line of text below the title. DO NOT count blank lines. Please also consider our 64-character line width when submitting.
4. For mail submissions, Name and ALL contact information must be on the REVERSE side of EACH poem entered. If not, we have to disqualify any/or all poems lacking this information. Contact information submitted on the front of poems will disqualify entries.  IF ONLINE SUBMISSION, CONTACT INFORMATION MUST BE IN THE COVER LETTER.
5. For mail submissions, send SASE for results only. No poems will be returned.
6. All Prize Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Special Merit Poems are considered accepted work, and will be published.
7. PLEASE NOTE: The entry fee is $5 for per poem sent by mail, no limit.  Online it is $27.50 for up to 5 poems.  If you are submitting only 1 or2 poems, you can save money by doing it by mail.

THE COMSTOCK REVIEW PRESENTS THE WINNERS
OF THE 2021 MURIEL CRAFT BAILEY MEMORIAL CONTEST

Final Judge:  Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate, 2015-2017

FIRST PRIZE, $1,000:  Tania DeRozario, from Vancouver, BC, Canada,
     Note to the Queer Kid in the Pews: In Classical Mythology,  Lucifer
is a Name for the Planet Venus

SECOND PRIZE l($250)  Shaun T. Griffin, from Virginia City, NV,
     Beneath the Laurel of Immigrant Ashes

THIRD PRIZE ($100)  Marianne Peel,  from Vernon Hills, IL
     I Cannot Tell Whether You Come from the Shadows or the Edge of the Sun 

POEMS OF HONORABLE MENTION    *

Patricia Davis-Muffett, from Rockville, MD,  On Looking Away

Melissa McKinstry, from San Diego, CA,  What Kills You

POEMS OF SPECIAL MERIT    **
William Barnes, from Santa Fe, NM,  the lake, only water
George Burns, from Pacific Palisades, CA,  Like One Bird Wing
Partridge Boswell, from Woodstock, VT,  Strike Anywhere
John M. Davis, from Visulia, CA,  the witch of Ekron
Steve Fay, from Cuba, IL,  Prehistory,
Jonathan Greenhause, from Jersey City, NJ,  Of Basket Cases & Melting Caps
Yael Hocohen, from Tel Aviv, Israel,  Ironstone, a Sonnet
Kathryn Jordan, from Berkeley CA,
Two Poems:   Catastrophic Molt    &    Washing the Body
Holly Messitt, from Brooklyn, NY,  Purple Joy
Athar C. Pavis, from Paris, France,
Two Poems:  He Asked   &   Re-Orphaned
Connie Post, from Livermore, CA,  How to Dispose of a Memory
Susan Roney-O’Brien, from Princeton, MA,  Last Stop
Jamie Ross, from Carson, NM,  Hand-Drawn Diagram of Daniel’s Baler
Ed Ruzicka, from Baton Rouge, LA,  Variations on the Theme by Juan Miró
Amy Small-McKinney, from Philadelphia, PA,  Bench, Ducks, & Inn
Molly Sturdevant, from Forest Park, IL,  Absolute Ghosts
Barbara Ungar, from Saratoga Springs, NY,  My Head and I
Holly Voorsanger, from Santa Cruz, CA,  How to Make Sense of Things

The Final Judge selects the top 3 prize winners.
* The Editors of
Comstock Review, select the poems of HONORABLE MENTION.
** All poems entered are screened by the
Comstock Review Editors
and become the poems of SPECIAL MERIT listed here.
Editors and Final Judge do not know the poets’ names until winners are selected.
All Honorable Mention poets receive a subscription to Comstock Review beginning in 2022.
All poems listed will be published in CR Vo. 35, #2.

The Comstock Review presents the winners of the
2020 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Contest

Final Judge:  Patricia Smith

FIRST PRIZE, $1,000:      Sheila Smith McKoy, Their Children’s Children
SECOND PRIZE l($250)  Frank Paino, Lot’s Wife
THIRD PRIZE ($100)       karla k. morton, Ode to a Willow

POEMS OF HONORABLE MENTION    *
Janine Certo,  O Body of Bliss   (First Honorable Mention)    &
Ways to Heal a Country  (Honorable Mention) 
(2 poems)
A.T. Hincapie,  Song After Diagnosis (Honorable Mention)
Markham Johnson,  Booker T. Washington High School Graduation,1972 –
Tulsa, Oklahoma
 (Honorable Mention)
Elizabeth Kerlikowske,  Instructions I Came With, (Honorable Mention)
Mary B. Moore,  Musk Thistle      &
Saying the Glass Flower and the Sea (2 poems of Honorable Mention)

POEMS OF SPECIAL MERIT    *

John Blair,  Leverage   &  The Art of Poison,  (2 poems)
Lili Flanders,  Rock Creek Park
D.A. Gray,  Our Own City
B. Fulton Jennes,  Silver Demon
Markham Johnson,  Florence Learns How to Fly
AKaiser,  Dove Shells
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II,  Conversion
Daniel Martin,  Shiny
karla k. morton,  Perigee
Linda Brandt Myers,  Piece of White Paper
Khalisa Rae,  Buzzwords and Banned Books
Sophia Rivkin,  US Covid Deaths Near 100,000
Makayla Smith,  Childhood (A List Poem)

*  All poems entered are screened by the Comstock Review Editors
and become the poems of SPECIAL MERIT listed here.
The Final Judge selects the top 3 prize winners.
The Editors of
Comstock Review, select the poems of HONORABLE MENTION.
Editors and Final Judge do not know the poets’ names until winners are selected.

All Honorable Mention poets receive a subscription to Comstock Review beginning in 2021.
All poems listed will be published in CR Vo. 34, #2.

First Prize: $1,000 (The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award)

Second Prize: $250      Third Prize: $100
Honorable Mentions receive a one-year subscription.

Submission Period Opens April 1st annually. Deadline: July 15th (postmark)

FOR MAIL SUBMISSIONS:
           Send to: The Comstock Review Summer Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215.
Fee is $5 per poem, no limit to poems.  SASE Optional 

OR

submit online
($25 plus $2.50 online fees for up to 5 poems):

No names or contact info on poems.  This info MUST be in cover letter.
To submit online, press black “click here to SUBMIT ” button below.

YOU CAN ALSO SUBSCRIBE  USING SUBMITTABLE.
CLICK “click here to SUBMIT” BELOW.  YOU WILL SEE SUBSCRIBE.

5. Send SASE for results only. No poems will be returned.

6. All Prize Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Special Merit Poems are considered accepted work, and will be published.
7. PLEASE NOTE: The entry fee is $5 for per poem sent by mail, no limit.  Online it is $27.50 for up to 5 poems.  If you are submitting only 1 or2 poems, you can save money by doing it by mail.

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