The 2023 Frontier OPEN — Winner and Finalists!

Congratulations to the winners of Frontier Poetry’s 2023 OPEN and an enormous thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you, also, for your patience while we reviewed all the extraordinary work. A BIG round of applause to MaKshya Tolbert, the winner of our $5000 prize. MaKshya Tolbert’s poem will be published today, on November 27th, and the Finalists over the following few weeks.



“Autobiography of not a horse” by MaKshya Tolbert

MaKshya Tolbert (she/they) just found their way back to Virginia. MaKshya serves on the Charlottesville Tree Commission and is a 2022-23 Lead to Life Curatorial Fellow and New City Arts Spring Artist-in-Residence. Their recent poems and essays have been published in Interim Journal, Emergence Magazine, Queer Poem-a-Day, RHINO, and the 2023 Best of the Net Anthology. In their free time, they are elsewhere— where Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. calls, ‘that physical or metaphorical place that affords the space to breathe.’



To Be Published throughout December


“Pecola Breedlove Watches Zora Tether in Jordan Peele’s US then Nina Simone Sings in the Background”
by Yolanda J. Franklin


“Today, while reading the definition of OCD”
by Zachariah Claypole White


“The Ballad of Aisle Three”
by Amy Wolstenholme


“Halved Sonnets: A Diagram of Distances”
by Georgio Russell


“Hex as Language of The Unheard”
by Chace Zachery Morris


“The Seamstress”
by Sara Elkamel



A.D. Lauren-Abunassar
Abigail Mengesha
Adedayo Agarau
AE Hines
Ajibola Tolase
Alexis Williams
Alyssa Salzberg
Annie Quigley
Callie Jennings
Cocoa Williams
Diya Abaas
Emma Jane Sullivan
Georgio Russell
Ivy Terrisa
Jennifer Shikes Haines
Katie Dozier (KHD)
Mackenzie Schubert Polonyi Donnelly
Maria Nazos
Miriam Akervall
Nicole Adabunu
Nicolette Ratz
Patricia Y. Ikeda
Sara Martin
Sollace Mitchell
Sophie Mills
Tariq Malik
Teri Vela
Ty Holter
Weijia Pan
Ziyi Yan
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