Today I came out of the air conditioning and into the hot mugginess of August: an overgrown patch of yellow black-eyed Susans, a pink stand of tall phlox, a few squash blossoms and fewer tomatoes than there should be because someone–a raccoon? a chipmunk?–has been munching on them. This is the time of year when our vacations aren’t coordinated and we get work done a bit haphazardly. But here’s what’s going on at the magazine:
We’re reading submissions, thinking they’ll be for the Spring/Summer 2017 issue. There may be a few spots left for some Fall/Winter 2016-17 poems, and we’ll figure that out in early September.
We’re catching up with snail-mail submissions as well as Submittable. If you’ve sent a submission to our email address, you probably aren’t aware that we’ve had to stop accepting those due to difficulties accessing those emails. There was a small matter of a Trojan…
We sent out the initial run of the Spring/Summer 2016 issue–our most recent contest issue. If you would like to order one before September 20, we’ll happily send it to you for $10. If you want to order one after that, we will charge an extra $3 for the cost of mailing it.
We’re looking forward to the Amherst Poetry Festival & Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon September 15-17th.
But just for now, I’m going back to the garden. There’s a chipmunk nibbling at the zucchini.
We are very pleased to announce that Stephanie Lenox will be our judge for the Spring/Summer 2016 Poetry Contest!
Stephanie Lenox is the author of The Business (winner of the 2015 Colorado Poetry Prize, a book full of slyly wicked poems such as “Rejoice in the Petty Thievery of Office Supplies,” “ATTN: To Whoever Left Fish Uncovered in the Office Fridge for Three Weeks, Think of Others!” and “Interview for Position of Mythological Hero”–poems that sneak into amazing revelations from mundane things) as well as her first book, Congress of Strange People, and the chapbook The Heart that Lies Outside the Body, which won the Slapering Hol competition.
And for the first time, we are accepting contest submissions on our Submissions page! The contest fee is still $15 for up to three poems. First prize is $500, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. And of course the winning poems and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Common Ground Review.
October 21, 2015: It’s back-to-the-future day, and I’ve been reading posts about what the movies got right vs. what they got wrong. While I haven’t been editing Common Ground Review since 1985, I have gotten a few things wrong, or maybe not as right as they should be, and I am now going to try to correct them.
First, we need to switch our website from a complicated php platform to a wordpress. That way we can update it more often, and not have to rely on a skilled engineer. By the time you read this, you will be reading the wordpress version. I hope this doesn’t disrupt any ability to use the site.
Second, we need to switch from accepting submissions in three ways (via Submittable, via snail-mail, and via the editor’s email) to two ways so that we can keep track of submissions more efficiently and respond in a reasonable amount of time. To those of you who sent work to the editors’ email address, I am so sorry. Reading your work, sending it to all the editors and conferencing on it involved a much more complicated process than we could handle. We are no longer accepting submissions by email, and if you have sent us work, I can assure you that we will get to it faster if you re-send it via Submittable. Again, I apologize.
More happily, we are almost ready to format the Fall/Winter issue, and we’ll be reading for the Spring/Summer issue, too!
Even more happily, we’ve been hearing from some of our contributors about their new books. We’ll be posting short reviews of those books over the next months on this site.