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.

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Dear Poets,

Welcome to the 2021 Frontier Industry Prize! For this one, we want to award one poem the $3000 prize—selected by a panel of judges representing two stellar independent presses that are at the foundations of our community: Michael Wiegers of Copper Canyon Press and Jenny Molberg of Pleiades Press.

The two judges will collaborate to select a single winning poem from a group of finalists for the $3000 prize and publication on Frontier. Our Frontier team will select the ten finalists—we're excited to get to put some amazing poets in front of these amazing professionals.

We're excited as well to reward our 2nd and 3rd place poems, selected by the judges, with $200 / $100 respectively and with publication on Frontier Poetry. The winner and finalists will be announced Spring of 2022.

Best,
Josh // Editor of Frontier Poetry

Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to all poets writing primarily in English.
  • No identifying information in the submission document itself.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • No more than three poems per submission, please.
  • There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. 
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history and about yourself.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Submission fee of $20.

If you have any questions about submissions of any kind or would like to query a current submission, please visit our FAQ page https://www.frontierpoetry.com/faq/, or send an email to: contact (at) frontierpoetry (dot) com


About Our Judges

Michael Wiegers has been acquiring and editing books for Copper Canyon Press since 1993, and currently serves as the Press’s Executive Editor/Editor in Chief. He has edited two retrospective volumes of the poetry of Frank Stanford, including What About This, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and received the Balcones Poetry Prize. He edited the anthologies The Poet’s Child and This Art, and translated poems for Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry, which he co-edited with Mónica de la TorreHe is also the poetry editor of Narrative and regularly speaks about the art of publishing at universities and colleges around the world. He is currently at work on a book about the poet W.S. Merwin.

Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal: Poems (LSU Press, 2020). She coedited the Unsung Masters Series collection Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, Boulevard, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the C.D. Wright Conference, Longleaf Writers Conference, and Vermont Studio Center. Molberg holds a BA from Louisiana State University, an MFA from American University, and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades: Literature in Context.


Feedback Option

The Editorial Feedback Letter 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. We have options for one letter or three.

Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.


Included Unique Opportunities and Discounts

As a thank you for your support for Frontier, we're able to offer these unique opportunities (the discount codes arrive in submittable's confirmation message):

The Poetry School is offering every submitter a 20% off discount code (average of $28 value) to one of their online courses! Head to their platform, find a course you're interested in, and use the code included in the confirmation message at checkout.

The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class. Go to https://www.writingsalons.com/ to find a class and type in the code in the reply during checkout.

Alice James Books is also offering a 25% discount code on any of their pre-orders! Go to www.alicejamesbooks.org to find amazing new work and use the code during checkout.

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
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