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, invites submissions to The Fifth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press.

The winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press in Summer 2017.  The winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250 prize.  The winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2017, including room and board (valued at approximately $1,550), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. 

Additionally, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2017 (peak fall foliage season in the White Mountains) at a time agreed upon by the fellow and the Frost Place.

The 5th Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition’s Final Judge is Diane Seuss.

Submission Period: October 1, 2016 – January 5, 2017.

Submissions Fee: $28.00.

Submissions are only accepted online through the online submission manager.

Look 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 website:


The Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press is open to any poet writing in English.  Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify the competition administrators through the competition website immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere. 

Please do not submit to this competition if you are close enough to the final judge, Diane Seuss, that her 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


Entries must be submitted between October 1, 2016 and January 5, 2017.  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.  Submission with identification on the manuscript will be disqualified.

Entries must be accompanied by a $28.00 entry fee.  Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts, but must pay a $28.00 entry fee for each manuscript submitted.

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.

Manuscripts should be submitted in rich text (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc & .docx) format only.  Manuscripts submitted in another file format are not permitted and will be disqualified. Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the competition. 

The author's name should not appear on the manuscript.  


Each 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.

Our preliminary readers for the competition are selected by Bull City Press and The Frost Place, and are 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 competition fees will be returned.

Final notification of the competition winner and competition finalists will be provided by e-mail to all competition entrants in March 2017.

$ 28.00

The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.

The residency period begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College.

The recipient of the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College. There are no other specific obligations. We hope that the residency offers space and time for significant poetic work.

Accommodations are spartan but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet has sole use of non-public rooms of the house.

Previous recipients of this residency include Katha Pollitt, Robert Hass, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke.

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission.

Visit The Frost Place for Frequently Asked Questions.

Submission period: October 1, 2016 through January 5, 2017.