2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition
October 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert
Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City
Press, has established a new poetry chapbook fellowship. We invite submissions to the Second Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press.
summer 2014, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City
Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a
print run of 200), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive
a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at
The Frost Place, August 3 - 9, 2014, including room and board (a cash
value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading
from the chapbook at the Seminar.
As well, the
chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and
writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2014 (peak
leaf season in the White Mountains), at a time agreed upon by the
fellow and The Frost Place.
The 2nd Annual Frost Place Chapbook Final Judge is David Baker.
David Baker is the author of ten books of poems: Never-Ending Birds (2009); Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2007, UK), Midwest Eclogue (2005), Changeable Thunder (2001), The Truth about Small Towns (1998), After the Reunion (1994),Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991), Haunts (1985), Laws of the Land (1981), and Omul Alchimic, a selection of his poems translated into Romanian by C. Tanasescu and published by Vinea Press in Bucharest (2009).
His four books of prose about poetry are Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007), Heresy and the Ideal: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).
his awards are fellowships and prizes from the Theodore Roethke
Memorial Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, Ohio Arts Council,
Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart
His poems and essays appear in such magazines as The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, and many others.
Baker was raised in Missouri and currently resides in Granville, Ohio, where he serves as poetry editor of The Kenyon Review. He teaches at Denison University and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Submission Period: October 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013.
Application Fee: $25.00.
Applications are only accepted online unless other arrangements are made with The Frost Place office.
for the link to our submission manager, as well as information about
summer programs at The Frost Place, on the home page of The Frost Place
Bull City Chapbook Fellowship at The Frost Place is open to any poet
writing in English. Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but
entrants are asked to notify the contest administrators through the
contest website immediately if a manuscript becomes committed
Please do not submit to this contest if you are
close enough to the final judge, David Baker, that his integrity or the
integrity of Bull City Press and The Frost Place would be called into
question should you be selected as the winner. You may query us if you
have questions regarding this matter. Please query by email to
SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
must be submitted between October 1, 2013 and December 31,
2013. All entries must be submitted to our online submissions
manager. Entries submitted by e-mail, fax, or US mail are not
permitted and will be disqualified.
Entries must be
accompanied by a $25.00 entry fee. Entrants may submit multiple
manuscripts, but must pay a $25.00 entry fee for each manuscript
Do not include your name on any of the pages of the
manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the
title of the collection only.
Manuscripts should have a
page count (poems only, not including title page, table of contents,
acknowledgements, or other items) of 20 to 25 pages.
should be submitted in rich text (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format
only. Manuscripts submitted in another file format are not
permitted and will be disqualified. Manuscript revisions are not
permitted during the contest.
The author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
Follow the link to the contest submission manager, from the home page of The Frost Place website: www.frostplace.org.
OUR READING PROCESS
manuscript is delivered to two preliminary readers as a blind
submission. That is, it is stripped of identifying material. Only the
manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the readers and, if
chosen as a finalist, then sent on to the final judge.
Preliminary readers are asked to notify the press if the work in a
submitted manuscript is familiar to them, in which case it will be
reassigned as a blind submission to another reader.
preliminary readers for the contest are selected by Bull City Press and
The Frost Place and are published poets who have received a graduate
degree in creative writing or literature. Our readers look for
beautifully-crafted work, manuscripts that have a cohesive shape and
feel like complete chapbooks. They look to present a wide range
of excellent work to the final judge.
In the event that the final judge chooses no manuscript for publication, all contest fees will be returned.
notification of the contest winner and contest finalists will be
provided by e-mail to all contest entrants in March, 2014.