The 2019 Industry Prize — Winners and Finalists!

Congratulations to the winners of Frontier Poetry’s 2019 Industry Prize and an enormous thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you, also, for your patience while we and the judges reviewed all the extraordinary work. A BIG round of applause to Elizabeth Oxley, the winner of our $3000 prize. ae hee lee takes the second place prize, and Olatunde Osinaike has won 3rd place.



As selected by our panel of esteemed judges:

Sarah Gambito, Kwame Dawes, and Jeff Shotts

First Place Winner of $3000 & Publication

“After April Rain” by Elizabeth Oxley

—to be published on 10/30/19

A Colorado resident and former Georgetown University student, Elizabeth Oxley began writing poetry after meeting a British poet in a western gold mining town. Her work has appeared in Frontier, as well as in publications such as Ruminate, Peregrine, The Poetry Review, Oh Mama!, and Boneshaker. She keeps a small online home at


Second Place Winner of $300 & Publication

“Inheritance” by ae hee lee

—to be published on 10/23/19

ae hee lee was born in South Korea, grew up in Peru, and now resides in the United States. She obtained a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and are currently a PhD candidate in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming at Pleiades, Michigan Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Journal among others.


Third Place Winner of $200 & Publication

“Twelve” by Olatunde Osinaike

—to be published 10/16/19

Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. He is the author of the chapbooks Speech Therapy, winner of the 2019 TAR Chapbook Series (forthcoming) and The New Knew (Thirty West, 2019). A Best of the Net, Bettering American Poetry, and Pushcart Prize nominee, his most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Best New Poets 2018, RHINO, Apogee, Prelude, Cosmonauts Avenue, Winter Tangerine, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications. He is an incoming masters candidate at Johns Hopkins and serves currently on poetry staff at The Adroit Journal.



(in no particular order)

“A Wilderness of the Mind” by Christopher Louvet
“It’s the Inner Harbour neighborhood, but everyone calls it Skeleton Park” by Sadiqa de Meijer
“Out of the Shell” by Jerl Surratt
“Permission to Speak Freely” by Threa Almontaser
“Record Room” by Emily Lawson
“YUCCA MOUNTAINT” by Rachel Harkai
“Un-animal” by C. Samuel Rees

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