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The Common

A Modern Sense of Place

About

Inspired by the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common is a print and online literary magazine that publishes stories, essays, poetry, and art from around the world with a strong sense of place. The magazine is based at Amherst College in Massachusetts and is published biannually by The Common Foundation.

Poetry Sought

Poems that "embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language." Translations welcome.

Quick Facts

  • Pays cash
  • Pays one copy
  • Simultaneous submissions OK
  • Highly competitive market
  • Reading fee charged

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More About The Common

"We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes." Pays $20 per poem. Submission fees waived for subscribers and for writers with financial hardships.

Established 2011.

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