Volume 23, Number 1

Fall Winter 2021

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 at the end of March.

Abby E. Murray

Our 2022 judge, Abby E. Murray, is the editor of Collateral, a literary journal concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Her first book, Hail and Farewell, won the Perugia Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She recently finished her term as the 2019-2021 poet laureate for the city of Tacoma, Washington, and relocated to Washington DC.

Issue Archives

Common Ground Review was founded in 1999 by the Common Ground Writers’ Group, in order to create a place open to many styles of poetry and many different poets. In 2006, CGR affiliated with Western New England College (now Western New England University). After 15 issues, the founding editors turned over the magazine to the current editor in 2011.

Common Ground Review was a print magazine until 2020: copies of many of those issues are available. Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing one or more.