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Dear Poets,

Poetry, to me, has always been about growth, about understanding myself and others through the act of writing feelings and memories and wounds and relationships onto that blank page.

Kaveh Akbar, in Morning Prayer with the Rat King, wrote: "I imagine the sea’s made of actual / tears this would explain the salt      think of all / the disconsolate toddlers weeping right now into / the earth the tears must go somewhere."

The tears must go somewhere. This new year, we are launching with a Hurt and Healing Prize. Send us your tears, your wounds poked and prodded and brushed gently. Give us the gift of that special hope poetry alone seems to offer so well: seeing our pain shared in others, in their own mysterious privacy, somehow makes every pain easier to bear. Easier to heal.

The first place winner will receive $3000 + publication. Second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200 respectively, as well as publication.

About Our Judge

Andrés Cerpa is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy, and The Vault from Alice James Books. A recipient of fellowships from McDowell and Canto Mundo, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Puerto Rico en mi Corazón, The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNext,  The Nation + elsewhere. He holds degrees from the University of Delaware and Rutgers University Newark. 

Andrés is currently serving as a mentor at Pocket MFA, a 12-week workshopping and mentoring program, with a deadline of December 15th to apply to join his writing group .


  • Submissions are open to emerging poets with no more than two full length collections published 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  • Unpublished poems only.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 January 31st.
  • 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.

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