The Frost Place is excited to announce the Voices above the Notch Young Poets’ Contest for 2020. Children and young adults who either attend school or are homeschooled in the North Country of New Hampshire can participate in one of three age groups as listed below. Students’ teachers/parents are responsible for submitting original work for consideration to the Frost Place by March 1, 2020.
Theme: Your life, your place, your poems–your home has a rich poetic tradition. Add your voice to the chorus.
· Poem should be about you, your community or the landscape around you.
· Poem should be your original creative work.
· There are no restrictions on form or line length, no longer than one page in length.
· Public school, private school, and home-school students are equally welcome to participate.
· All submissions must be received by March 1, 2020 and must be entered by a sponsoring teacher or adult.
· Students may submit 1-2 poems.
· Poems should not have any identifying information included, and should be uploaded as one document.
Finalists and runners-up for each level will be notified in writing after March 25th, 2020 through their sponsoring adults via email, at which time permissions to use and publish will be forwarded for students and their parents to complete and return. The winning poems will be submitted to local news media/ newspapers during April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The finalists and runners-up will be invited to share their poems at the Henry Holt Barn at the Frost Place in Franconia, NH on May 20th when we celebrate Early Frost Day.
Prizes for finalists and runners-up will be gift certificates to a bookstore, printed broadsides for the young poets to sign, and copies of a Frost book.
Grade level groupings are as follows:
· Grades 5-6
· Grades 7-8
· Grades 9-12
This year’s judge will be Dawn Potter, Director of The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching.