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Open For Entries January 27, 2021

2021 Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (online submission deadline is 11:59 pm, EST).

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the 11th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in the next The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm (or virtual, depending). The reading usually opens the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, which is devoted to metrical poetry. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the conference. 

This year’s judge is Aaron Poochigian. He earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His first book of poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press), was published in 2012, and his second book Manhattanite, which won the Able Muse Poetry Prize, came out in 2017. His third book, American Divine,won the Richard Wilbur Award and will come out in 2021. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, was released by Etruscan Press in the fall of 2017. His work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Paris Review and POETRY. 

All entries will be anonymous. The judge will read every entry.

Complete Frost Farm Prize Guidelines (Guidelines are also posted on the electronic submission form):

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (online submission deadline by 11:59 pm, EST).

Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $6 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission. You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets, for example) but each poem must be entered as a separate file and will be judged individually. We welcome international submissions written in English.

ELECTRONIC ENTRIES (highly recommended):

All entries are via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be directed to set one up as part of the electronic entry process. It takes only seconds to register for an account. 

Do not put your name on individual poems as poems are judged anonymously.  Your Submittable account links you to the poem. Each individual poem must be a separate .pdf, .doc or .docx file that should resemble the following format: poemtitle.pdf, poemtitle.doc or poemtitle.docx. "Poemtitle" in the file name should exactly match the title typed at the top of the poem. PLEASE USE A SINGLE SUBMITTABLE SUBMISSION TO ATTACH UP TO TEN POEMS IN SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. The online form supports 1-10 attachments in .pdf, .doc or .docx formats. If you are submitting more than 10 poems, simply complete an additional Submittable submission and attach up to 10 additional poems. You are free to submit as many poems as you wish in this manner. Click the button below to enter our Submittable site.


For those who do not want to submit electronically, we will still accept paper submissions per below:

An entry fee of $6 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission (entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank). Make checks payable to "Hyla Brook Poets." Please type the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of each entry. Each entry will be submitted to the judge anonymously.

Send entries to:
Robert Crawford
The Frost Farm Prize
280 Candia Rd.
Chester, NH 03036

The results will be posted in May 2021 on and as well as Winner and honorable mentions (if any) will be notified by email or phone. Please DO NOT send a SASE for contest results. These are the complete guidelines.

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