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  · a quality home for new poets

We are incredibly excited for this unique partnership: the Antioch-Frontier Fellowship!
Antioch University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program has partnered with us to offer a Fellowship opportunity to experience one of their amazing residencies. The Fellow will learn about Antioch’s low-residency MFA Program and MFA programs in general, experience 10 days of intense learning and immersion that occur during a residency, and receive mentorship and community opportunities.

Fellowship Details
Because we know scheduling 10 days out of your life can be difficult, the winner will receive the opportunity to attend EITHER Antioch’s Summer/Fall 2020 residency (6/18 to 6/27), or Winter/Spring 2021 residency (12/10 to 12/19).
The trip will be made at virtually no cost to the winner—the fellowship will cover travel expenses and lodging, plus a $1000 cash prize to help with any other costs.
While the experience is non-credit earning, the Fellow will engage with the residency as an authentic student, including the opportunities to:
· be included in a poetry workshop group and have their poetry workshopped with other students (4 meetings throughout the residency);
· attend all readings, seminars, and social events offered during the residency, including Antioch’s new student orientation and closing conversation;
· deliver a reading at a Brown Bag reading during the residency;
· meet with Antioch MFA Program’s Core Faculty in Poetry;
· receive a residency buddy who is a current Antioch MFA student (who will answer questions and help the Fellow during the residency as requested);
· apply to Antioch’s MFA Program in the future with the possibility of receiving Antioch scholarship support.



  • Submissions are now open to everyone, non-MFAs and MFAs alike.
  • Prize is open to all submitters, but only domestic round trip flights to Los Angeles will be paid for.
  • Include a cover letter which explains why you would benefit from the Fellowship.
  • Up to FOUR unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • There is no line-limit: poems may be any length, any style, or any subject.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Submission fee of $20.
  • Deadline is February 15, 2020.
  • Our editors and the faculty of Antioch will select the winner.
  • 2nd and 3rd place will receive publication and $300, $200 respectively

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

About Antioch University LA:
Although AWP does not endorse the ranking of creative writing programs, Antioch’s MFA in Creative Writing Program typically appears in the top five of any list, from The Atlantic to Poets & Writers. Antioch’s MFA Program pioneered the online component of low-residency creative writing education and offered the first low-residency MFA on the West Coast. Its graduates have published many books and won numerous awards. The Antioch MFA in Creative Writing Program is dedicated not only to the education of literary artists, but also to community engagement and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. Unique features include the MFA field study, the Art of Translation Seminar and Online Conference, and the Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing. 

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

Each month, Luther will select one of your poems based on this prompt to include in the next post of his Cute Little Syllabus series on Frontier Poetry.


Writing about joy: Poetry is not always about trauma or violence, though that is what makes us human. Poetry is also about happiness, joy, and triumph, and sometimes we forget these, too, makes us human. What gives you joy, brings you happiness? 




The infamous, “won’t you celebrate with me,” by Clifton, seamlessly celebrates living another day despite what has tried to kill them. I ask you, what has tried to kill you, not just physically, but mentally? What are some one your struggles and how have you gotten past them? How did you celebrate your triumph. In 10 lines or less, write about triumph.

At Frontier, we prioritize servicing the serious poet—we are so pleased and honored to offer our editorial minds to our submitters. 

Please submit one on which you'd like to receive our professional thoughts and comments. We will send back a two page letter within 6-8 weeks, containing: what we liked and disliked about the poem, concrete and practical suggestions for revision, and suggestions for future submissions.

We have a team of Editors who we are so happy to pay to do this work:

Joshua Roark

Heather Derr-Smith

Carol Potter

Thank you so much for choosing to partner with us—this is sincerely a joy for us. We can't wait to dig into your poetry!

For February, we will be learning about the poetic line, with James Logenbach's The Art of the Poetic Line as our source text. 

As for all of our webinars, this will be a mixture of lecture, discussion and workshop, and will occur on the last Saturday of the month. Please fill out the appropriate forms and read the assignments before joining.

Webinar Details

  • webinar will go live on February 29th
  • open to all poets at any stage of their development and career
  • participation is encouraged but not mandatory
  • a video download will be available after the webinar airs
  • reach out to with any questions

Learning Objectives:

  • to briefly survey the poetic line through history, its development to contemporary trends
  • to understand Logenbach's theory of "dynamic force" and his system of three different methods of breaking the poetic line
  • to be able to identify the ways in which award winning poets are employing the dynamic force of their lines to keep the reader engaged
  • to create a new piece with a focus on employing the dynamic force 
  • to edit an old piece to better employ the dynamic force

We are so excited to offer this unique service to our poet community!

The Individual Curriculum and Development Program will be open for up to 5 poets a month to receive mentorship from our Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Roark (MFA and Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles). This program is modeled after a low-residency MFA, with a "packet" of work and feedback between the poet and the mentor for each "month" purchased. 

Practical and actionable development of the poet's craft is the highest priority for the program. 

You'll also receive:

  • an invitation to the exclusive slack channel for poets in the program—which offers space to chat with your mentor and fellow poets, discuss readings, workshop with fellow poets, talk poetry news, celebrate acceptances, share deadlines, etc.
  • a reserved spot in the current month's webinar.

Program Details

Each packet is based around a month's schedule—although poets are welcome to adjust the program to what works best for them. Online discussion will be on going throughout the program. 

Step/Week 1: To begin, you will send the mentor your first packet of material: responses to a questionnaire about your primary concerns and previous experience, as well as 3 original poems. 

Step/Week 2: Your mentor will return your packet with original feedback and notes on revision (developmental and line-by-line). You will also receive an assigned collection of poetry, assigned craft-focused readings to support your efforts to create new and revise old work, and unique prompts to help produce new poems.

Step/Week 3: You will read, revise, and write! This is the meat of the program: your interaction with the assigned material, with guidance available online from your mentor.  You will be asked to produce an essay in response to the craft reading, an essay in response to the collection, three new poems, one revision.

Step/Week 4: You will send your final packet of work to the mentor and schedule a 60 minute phone call / video chat to discuss the material and talk through your future development as a poet. 

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