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2023 Poetry Contest Winners

This year's judge: Oliver de la Paz is the Poet Laureate of Worcester, Massachusetts, for 2023-2025. He is the author and editor of seven books, including The Boy in the Labyrinth, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. His newest work, The Diaspora Sonnets, is forthcoming from Liveright Press in 2023. A founding member, Oliver serves as the cochair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has been awarded multiple Pushcart Prizes and teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.

Honorable Mentions

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At Common Ground Review, we seek to publish well crafted poems, short stories and creative nonfiction that surprises and illuminates, amuses, informs, and challenges. CGR comes out twice a year: we accept submissions from September to May.

Our annual poetry contest opens to entries in January and closes mid-April. We have a new judge each year, and we do charge a $15 reading fee, all of which goes to paying the prizes, the judge, and Submittable costs.

Common Ground Review is a free access online publication and a member of CLMP.