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Black Lives Matter. We must all do what we can, one individual choice at a time, to dismantle white supremacy—in our selves, our relationships, our communities, and our institutions. Frontier stands in unrelenting support of the protestors demanding change—we send you every prayer, every bit of energy we have. Stay safe and stay healthy and stay bold.

We have recently published the moving poem by Prince Bush, and he has generously allowed it to be an inspiration for a new series called Types of Burns, for Black voices who have something to say about this moment. 


  • The work may be in any genre, under 1500 words. This includes photography and performance.
  • Same rate as New Voices, $50.
  • The Series will run for 8 weeks beginning today, every Wednesday.
  • Black voices only.

We are also asking for folks to make direct donations to the protestors and organizations supporting them. Please donate and use the proof of that donation in order to get editorial feedback from our team. Learn more about that here. If you'd like to help process those editorial requests, please contact us.

Hey Poets,

Black Lives Matter and we must use our platform and station to do everything we can to change the violent anti-Blackness at the heart of our policing and justice systems. Frontier will match 50% of all donations you share with us.


Josh, Yania, Winniebell, Felicity and all the readers of Frontier Poetry

Guidelines for the Project: 

  • Submit proof of a donation and we will give you 1-2 pages of editorial feedback on your poem.
  • The donation of $20 or more must be in support of the people on the ground, including bail funds, small business recovery, Black Lives Matter and other organizations. 
  • We are gathering as many editors to help with this project as we can and should have your feedback back to you in 1-2 months.
  • If you are interested in helping to give feedback, please email Josh at
  • Outside poets helping write letters so far: Frontier Poetry, Palette Poetry, Despy Boutris, Tyler Jacobs

Places to Donate:

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.

  • 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)
  • Show excellence  in your craft. Bend language, experiment with  visuality and form—lay your heart bare on the page. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce  great work. Send us only your best.
  • 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:


The Editors

Dear Poets,

Welcome to the 2020 Frontier Industry Prize! For this one, we want to award one poem the $3000 prize—selected by a panel of judges representing different unique pillars of our industry.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the Co-Director of the fabulous community organization, Cantomundo; Daniel Slager is the publisher of the incredible dream press, Milkweed Editions; and Peter LaBerge is the wonderfully talented founder and editor of The Adroit Journal, where many of your favorite new poets find their first footing. The panel of these three 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 Fall 2019.


Josh // Editor of Frontier Poetry


  • Submissions are open to all poets writing primarily in English.
  • No identifying information in the submission document. Our diverse team of readers will read all submissions blind.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • No more than TWO poems per submission (due to overwhelming response, and for the sanity of our readers).
  • 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.
  • Deadline is July 19th.

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

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