The Frost Place Chapbook Contest

Sponsored by Bull City Press


 2015 Chapbook Fellow: Anders Carlson-Wee

2014 Chapbook Fellow: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

2013 Chapbook Fellow: Jill Osier 

The chapbook contest is a collaborative effort between The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s former homestead in Franconia, NH and Bull City Press, publisher of Inch magazine and fine poetry books.


The winner receives a $250 cash prize, 10 copies of a 200 print run of the selected chapbook, a full fellowship to attend The Frost Place Poetry Seminar valued at $1,500, featured reading at the Seminar, and the option to live and write for one week in The Frost Place house in September during peak fall foliage, at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place.


The 2015 The Frost Place Chapbook Contest sponsored by Bull City Press 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 elsewhere.

Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to the final judge (to be determined) that his/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 submissions@bullcitypress.com or frost@frostplace.org.


Entries must be submitted between October 1, 2015  and January 5, 2016.  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 $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) 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.

FINAL JUDGE: Afaa Michael Weaver


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, 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 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.

Final notification of the contest winner and contest finalists will be provided by e-mail to all contest entrants in March, 2016.

The submission period for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored by Bull City Press, is October 1, 2015 – January 5, 2016.  

The online link to Submittable will be uploaded beginning October 1st.

2015 Chapbook Fellow

Anders Carlson-Wee

2014 Chapbook Fellow

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

2013 Chapbook Fellow

Jill Osier