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Gregory Pardlo Scholarship

The winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place including room and board (valued at approximately $1,550), and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. This scholarship, which is funded by an anonymous donor, was named to honor Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and faculty at The Frost Place 2015 Poetry Seminar.

There is no submission fee.


The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets is open to African American poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry.


  • 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.
  • Please include your contact information (email, mailing address, phone number, and website if you have one) on the title page of your submission.
  • Submissions should consist of 3 – 5 poems, and have a maximum page count (poems only, not including title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, or other items) of 10 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.


Each manuscript is delivered to two preliminary readers. Our readers look for beautifully crafted work, but it is not necessary that the poems in the submission cohere in a unified way (as in a chapbook manuscript): please try to show the readers your range as a poet in the submission. The readers look to present a wide range of excellent work to the final judge.

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