The Inn at Fernbrook Farms 

A Poetry Retreat for Women
The Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Chesterfield, NJ
November 13-15, 2019

Radar Retreat will be a vibrant literary community. Guided by Dara-Lyn and Rachel, this will be an opportunity to unplug from the busy world, generate new work, and receive honest yet supportive feedback on poems in progress. We aim to demystify the process of writing and publishing poetry. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of starting poems, knowing when they’re done, and sending out work for publication. 

We will be staying in a unique estate situated in the heart of a 230-acre preserved working farm. In this community, we will support each other and engage with one another’s work patiently.

An all-inclusive tuition provides workshops and craft lectures; upscale accommodation; dinner and a welcome reception Wednesday evening (wine included); farm fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner Thursday; and brunch on Friday. 

$1,250 (single occupancy bedroom) - 4 registrations available
$1,000 (double occupancy bedroom) - 4 registrations available 


To apply: Submit 3-6 poems, published or unpublished, that represent your best work. We will accept poets for the retreat on a rolling basis. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 15. We will close applications when the retreat is full. The retreat is for women only.

There are a limited number of room options. If you wish to have your choice of a single or double room, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. Room choices will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ends on September 1, 2019$15.00

First prize: $1,000 for an outstanding group of poems by a female poet writing in English. Finalists will also be awarded publication.


Submissions will be open July 1 through September 1. Please expect a response quickly; our editors read daily and will send notifications immediately following the deadline. 

The entry fee is $15.

Submit 3-6 previously unpublished poems in a single document through our submissions manager.  Kindly include a cover letter and brief bio in the comments box.  

The Coniston Prize is judged anonymously. Please remove all identifying information from the document you upload. Manuscript files that contain identifying information will be disqualified. This includes the file title, which should not contain your name.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we cannot refund contest fees if you have to withdraw all or part of your submission.  

Multiple submissions are acceptable with an additional fee.

Please note that this award recognizes an exceptional group of poems.  We suggest that you submit a group of poems that is intentionally cohesive in some way - whether connected by subject matter, voice, style, or imagery.


The Coniston Prize is awarded only to women poets.

If you know the editors or our judge personally, you should not submit your work. This includes current or former students of the editors or the judge.

We look forward to reading your poems! 

Radar Poetry