should be postmarked:
between October 1 (2019)
February 15 (2020)
...including those dates
NOTE: THIS IS A MAIL-ONLY CONTEST, TO BE MAILED
TO THE LAWRENCE , MASS PUBLIC LIBRARY. SEE DETAILS BELOW.
no email or submittable entries please..
---------DEADLINE: LAST POSTMARK OF FEBRUARY 15th, 2020-----------------
---Prizes will be awarded as follows:
---First Prize, $1000
Best 10 poems will be mentioned
(others as as honorable mention, not ranked with number)
The contest theme: "INSIGHTS"
Robert Frost often came to awesome philosophical/psychological
insights in his poems, using humans and/or nature, and coming
to some great insight about the human condition.
Some great examples include "The Road Not Taken", "Mending Wall",
and "The Tuft Of Flowers". There are dozens like this, of course.
A great poem is less about what it is
than ... what it does....to you, and especially to an audience.
We have never needed a call to think carefully more than now.
That's what we want, why we read as a diverse group, and we we are
not too fussy about any particular type. It is the impact on listeners
or readers that matters.
Poetry can be relevant and important to the public.
So......give it your best shot!
SEND YOUR POEM(s) BY POSTAL MAIL:
----Send originals of up to 10 poems of up to 55 lines each,
(based on 12 point font, 8.5x11 page)
----Include one copy of each poem with no contact information,
just title and poem. These will be numbered for blind judging.
----Include a second copy of each poem with name, address, email,
phone #, etc. at the top of the page
---- Include a check for $8 per submitted poem
(check made out to: Robert Frost Foundation)
---- Mail to:
Robert Frost Award
51 Lawrence St
Lawrence MA 01841.
•Poems should be postmarked
October 1 (2019)
and February 15 (2020)
to be considered for the yearly award.
•Prior published work (nationally visible in print,
online, or contest mention) is not allowed.
(But tuning up poems circulated at
critique groups, or practiced at open mics is aok,
and is recommended!)
•Manuscripts will not be returned
•Submissions with poems that do not comply will be discarded.
(check will be discarded as well....not deposited)
•Winners (and the websites)
will be notified in late March 2020
of the judges' decisions
•The Robert Frost Foundation will have the right to publish the poem,
in the announcements, online, and in promotional activities. All other rights
of publication will revert to the author.
•For a list of winners, please visit frostnewsline.blogspot.com
and look for the article title mentioning the prize winners.
(Or look at this blog)
•Officers and Directors of The Robert Frost Foundation
as well as festival organizers are not eligible to enter the award.
•Entries will be read and judged by members of the Frost Board
Contestants under 18 years of age not allowed unless there is an
accompanying note from parent or guardian.
Frost Foundation Poetry Prize: history
2019 Arne Weingart, "Caterpillar"
2018 Jerome Gagnon , "Cherries, After"
2016. [ No competition]
2014. "Roadsiding Hay" by Franklin Zawacki
2013. "November Guest" by Alfred Nicol
2012. [No competition this year.]
2011. "Constellation" by Sally Albiso
2010. "The Great Disappointment" by Adam Tavel
2009. "Crossing to Fox Island" by Gregory Loselle
2008. "Double Wedding Ring" by Elizabeth Klise von Zerneck
2007. "Henry Jones of Wales" by Barbara Adams
2006. [poem] by Rob Smith
2005. "The Effects of Light on a Woman's Body" by Susan Somers-Willett
2004. "To do to Beans" by Megan Grumbling
2003. "Aristaeus" by Ned Balbo
2002. "Sheepdog Trials at Bleanau Feistenog" by Deborah Warren
2001. "First Light" by Vivian Shipley
2000. "Overheard" by Len Krisak
1999. "Echolation" by Diane Thie
1997. "Visiting Frost's Grave" by Patricia Fargnoli