The Frost Place Chapbook Contest

Sponsored by Bull City Press


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 2014 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, Jennifer Grotz, 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 submissions@bullcitypress.com.


Entries must be submitted between October 1 and December 31, 2014.  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 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.


Jennifer Grotz is the author of The Needle, which received the Paul Nasser Prize, the 2012 Best Book of Poetry Award by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named one of the “5 Best Books of Poetry of the Year” by National Public Radio. Her first book, Cusp, received the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize and the Natalie Ornish Best First Book of Poetry Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her translations from the French of the poems of Patrice de La Tour du Pin are collected in Psalms of All My Days. Other poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared widely in journals such as The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. A recipient of awards from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Camargo Foundation, she teaches at the University of Rochester and serves as the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.


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, 2015.

The submission period for the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored by Bull City Press, is October 1 – December 31, 2014.  

Click here to find the online submissions link. 

2014 Chapbook Fellow

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

2013 Chapbook Fellow

Jill Osier