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.

Dear Poets,

In her urgent poem “Trilliums”, The late Mary Oliver wanders through the natural world “listened to the earth-talk, the root-wrangle, the arguments of energy, the dreams lying just under the surface” as she obverses the trilliums in full bloom before eventually becoming the very flower of the poem’s name. In our pursuit of gentleness, nostalgia, and a reimagining of ‘home’, Frontier Poetry is launching a new contest called “Nature and Place”.

We’re looking for poems rich and robust in language, technique, and form that pay homage to the natural world and all of the small marvels that occur in nature. We’re also interested in poems that observe geography and the landscape of home. Frontier Poetry warmly encourages poets of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to submit. You're welcome here.


About Our Judges

Amaud Johnson was born and raised in Compton, California, educated at Howard University and Cornell University, Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, Red Summer, Darktown Follies, and Imperial Liquor (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020). A former Wallace StegnerFellow in Poetry at Stanford, MacDowell Fellow, and Cave Canem Fellow, his honors include the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Dorset Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Narrative Magazine, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere. His most recent collection was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2021 UNT Rilke Prize

Guidelines


  • Submissions are open to new and emerging writers (poets with no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • Send us only your best, polished work.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • No more than 3 poems (5 pages) per submission. Please submit all your poems in ONE document. 
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history and personal bio.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Submission fee of $20.
  • Deadline is September 15th..
  • Please review our FAQ page for more information: www.frontierpoetry.com/faq


Editorial Feedback Option

A letter of feedback from our editorial team 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 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.
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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

Thank you for your interest in joining our editorial feedback program!

We're looking for highly qualified writers to write editorial feedback to our submitters. The hours per month are self-determined, but can range from 10 - 50+ hours.

Our ideal editors are experienced with giving and receiving feedback at the professional level, and are passionate about inspiring writers of all stripes. Typically, our hires will have Graduate level work such as an MFA.

Please complete your application process by:

1. Giving a short third person bio in your cover letter, as well as a *brief* explanation as to why you'd be a good fit for this work.

2. Uploading your CV / Resume, with an optional sample of your writing

We'll be in touch once we've received your application. If we think you could be a good fit, we'll proceed to the testing round!

Frontier Poetry