Welcome home, poet.

Frontier Poetry began with the simple mission of being a platform for emerging poets—to uplift, to prepare, & to inspire.

We are looking for poetry that pushes language forward, for poets and poems that strive to place themselves at the edge of what language can do. But this does not mean that we are only concerned with experimental poetry. We believe that sonnets can be at the frontier, book-length poems can be at the frontier, confessional poetry can be at the frontier—as long as a piece is constructed with exceptional consideration for language & craft, that poem is a fit for us. We warmly invite all voices to join us. The frontier land of poetry, that far territory where all voices are equal, pushing toward the vast unknown spaces of the human spirit—we will plant ourselves there & report back to the world the beauty found.

By submitting to Frontier Poetry, submitters agree to receive correspondence about new work and submission opportunities from Frontier Poetry. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Submissions for our New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month.

We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for  published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for  publication.

We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. Our aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of our beautiful community. Your voice is valued here.


Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to new and emerging poets only  (no more than two full-length published works forthcoming at the time of submission—email us about self-published works)
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (We want to say congrats!)
  • All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history
  • Expect 8-12 weeks for a response
  • Please review our FAQ page for more information. Almost all other questions are answered here: www.frontierpoetry.com/faq


Editorial Feedback Option

This option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.


 We have a problem in publishing. The 2019 survey of industry professionals found that, "There is no discernible change to any of the other racial categories. In other words, the field is just as White today as it was four years ago." If we all don't work to individually push for progress, then progress stagnates. We can't rely on anyone but ourselves to move the needle.

Toward that end, we're offering this space as an opportunity for BIPOC writers to get fast results on their submissions. Your voice is valued here.

These will be considered as submissions for our New Voices poetry category. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month. 

We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for  published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to all self-identifying BIPOC authors
  • Submissions are open to new and emerging poets only  (no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission—email us about self-published works)
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (We want to say congrats!)
  • All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history
  • Expect 2-4 weeks for a response
  • Please review our FAQ page for more information. Almost all other questions are answered here: www.frontierpoetry.com/faq

Hey poets,

I'm excited to personally invite you to an opportunity that will help your writing, that will show you how to lean into your strengths and teach you to work on your weaknesses.

This has been a long year, and if I've had an abundance of anything, it's been the space to work on my writing—I hope you all have as well! With that in mind, the team at Frontier was inspired to create the Poetry Lab program.

This is an all-online space to get your work read and edited by the very people who accept/reject poems for a living. Our editor-partners have likely published some of your favorite contemporary poets! Check out their amazing mags and the incredible poetry they publish. They will apply their expertise on your poems—personalized developmental feedback that will help your best poems find their way to the page. These editors receive a significant portion of the Lab fee.

We're also doing the most to pack this opportunity with great material!

Working on a chapbook? We're including the digital versions of our own award winning chaps: How Often I Have Chosen Love by Xiao Yue Shan, Shadow Black by Naima Tokunow (selected by Jericho Brown), and In the Year of Our Making & Unmaking by Frederick Speers (selected by Carl Phillips, paired with guided learning materials about crafting your chapbook.

These books are some of the best things Frontier has ever done—I'm so proud of them. You will learn a lot just by sitting in their worlds.

Want to know why poems get rejected/accepted? After interviewing dozens of editors from your favorite magazines, we've got the answers! Every Lab participant will get over 40 pages of advice from editors we all admire: Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, Ploushares, Agni, Adroit Journal, and more. The team and I at Frontier are also working on developing the best practical advice for submitting poets, based on the tens of thousands of submissions we've processed over the past several years. We've learned so much about what signals to us that a poem has what it takes to move forward to publication, and we want to share all of it with you. 

Want some advice on where else to submit? Let us help—we will send you a dozen great places that could be a good fit for your particular voice. Every participant will get individualized recommendations from our experienced team.

Head over to our submittable to participate. Sign up, share up to ten pages of poetry (this will give the editor a broad view of your strengths and weaknesses), and get ready to take your writing seriously.

Best,
Josh, Editor of Frontier Poetry
PS: If you need an extension on the deadline, please feel welcome to reach out to me at josh@frontierpoetry.com.

Meet The Editors


Jenny Molberg is the author of two poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal (LSU Press, 2020). She has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast,  West Branch, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, The Cortland Review, Diode, and other publications. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and co-edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com or on Twitter at @jennymolberg.


Kathleen Volk Miller has written for LitHub, NYT Modern Love, O, the Oprah magazine, Salon, the NYTimes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Family Circle, Philadelphia Magazine and other venues. She is co-editor of the anthology, Humor: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is co-editor of The Painted Bride Quarterly and co-host of PBQ’s podcast, Slush Pile. She has also published in literary magazines, such as Drunken Boat, Opium, and other venues. She holds “Healing through Writing” workshops, and other memoir classes. She consults on literary magazine start up, working with college students, and getting published in literary magazines.  She is a professor at Drexel University.

Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in Gulf CoastjubilatWashington SquareBOAATBirdfeast and other journals. He is the author of Situation Normal (Rye House Press) and Resuscitation Party (Racing Form Press).

Mike Good serves as Managing Editor of Autumn House Press. Some of his book reviews have appeared on the The Adroit Journal blog, Full-StopPloughshares blog, Pleiades, and Salamander. His recent poetry can be found in or are forthcoming at Bennington Review, december, Five Points, PloughsharesProlitSalamander, Terrain.org, Waxwing, and elsewhere, in addition to anthologies such as The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt Publishing). He has received support from Sewanee Writers' Conference and The Sun, and he holds an MFA from Hollins University.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit up to 10 pages of poetry per submission. 
  • All genres and all styles are welcome. 
  • 4 scholarships will be reserved for BIPOC authors. (Nov 11 Update: All have been taken!)


FAQ

How much interaction will I have with the editors?

  • Each participant will be assigned one editor who receives their work. For accessibility and convenience, we've designed this program with the aim to be completely asynchronous and digital—you will submit your poems, and the editors will write their feedback and send it back. After that, any continued conversation is at the editor's personal discretion.

How much interaction will I have with the other participants?

  • Entirely up to you! The Lab is designed to be open to complete independence or group participation. After getting your learning materials, you'll be asked if you'd like to join a group to work through them together. The Frontier team will help create the groups according to level of experience, and then it'll be entirely up to the participants after that to figure out a working schedule and style that makes sense to the group.

Will this help me with my book?

  • Perhaps! But this is not a manuscript editing service. The aim is to provide holistic advice on writing poems through direct personal feedback and a self-guided and rigorous study of the craft.

Will I have to zoom or get on the phone?

  • Nope! This will be handled entirely through submittable. We will send you your packet of lab material soon after you submit. The timing of the feedback depends on the editor availability, but it should not be longer than 8-10 weeks.

Can I purchase a spot for a friend?

  • Yes, please feel welcome. Just make sure to make clear in your cover letter what you're doing and put us in contact with that poet.


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