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Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest

Writing Contest by Comstock Review




  • Response time: 6-8 weeks post close
  • Prizes: $1000, $250, $100
  • Fee: $25.00 + online fee
  • Last run: 2024-04-01 - 2024-07-15
  • Reading blind: -


Max lines: 60

Max pieces: 5

Type: Poem

Long response time is due to judging and our long open submission period.

Additional info

The Comstock Review (founded 1987) has been publishing great poems by both new and experienced authors. Recent judges for this annual contest include: Charles Rafferty (2024), Danusha Laméris (2023), Ellen Bass (2022), Juan Felipe Herrera (2021), Patricia Smith (2020); David Kirby (2019), Maggie Smith (2018), Ellen Bass (2017), Marge Piercy (2016), Allison Joseph (2015), and Kwame Dawes (2014).

The Comstock Review accepts work via US mail or online by Submittable (but not by email). Please read our recently revised contest guidelines carefully before submitting. No previously published or AI-generated work should be submitted.

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Submission calls



First Prize - Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Prize ($1000); 2nd Prize ($250); 3rd Prize ($100). Prize-winning, Honorable Mention and Special Merit poems are printed in The Comstock Review and receive a free contributor copy. Submit 1-5 previously unpublished poems