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The new year is here! We want to open up 2021 with a great opportunity for an up-and-coming poet, judged by José Olivarez. This New Voices Contest will offer $3000 to the author of the judge's favorite poem. 2nd and 3rd place will receive $300 and $200 respectively. We're looking to shine a light on newer poets—only authors with no more than one full length collection currently published may submit.

Send us all that hot urge and energy that overflowed your cup this past year of 2021—send us your best. We also warmly encourage poets of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to submit. You're welcome here. 

About the Judge

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.


  • Submissions are open to emerging poets only. No more than one full length collection published by time of submission. 
  • Unpublished poems only.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. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. 
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each new submission requires a new fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your professional bio and a brief introduction.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Submission fee of $20.
  • Deadline is February 15.
  • 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

Included Unique Opportunities and Discounts

As a thank you for your support for Frontier, we're able to offer these unique opportunities:

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.

Editorial Feedback Options

The single 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. The three-letter option will provide three separate letters (two pages each) from three different editors at $149, a 16% discount.

Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.