About Frontier

Welcome home, poet.

Frontier Poetry began with the simple mission of being a platform for emerging poets—to uplift, to prepare, & to inspire.

We are looking for poetry that pushes language forward, for poets and poems that strive to place themselves at the edge of what language can do. But this does not mean that we are only concerned with experimental poetry. We believe that sonnets can be at the frontier, book-length poems can be at the frontier, confessional poetry can be at the frontier—as long as a piece is constructed with exceptional consideration for language & craft, that poem is a fit for us. Check out our What We Look For post to get more details.

Additional insight into our tastes can be found by browsing our New Voices poets, our previous winners or our Exceptional Poetry series.

If you'd like to read up on advice from experts, browse our Interviews, Editors Talk, or In Class series.

When you get the chance, please also check out the free digital chapbooks, our 2018 Chapbook Contest Winner, Xiao Yue Shan's How Often I Have Chosen Loveand our 2019 Chapbook Contest Winner, Naima Tokunow's Shadow Blackselected by Jericho Brown.

Work by diverse poets and underrepresented voices is also very important for us to publish. We take our role as gatekeeper between poet and world extremely seriously and wish to use our platform as fairly and justly as we can. We warmly invite all voices to join us. The frontier land of poetry, that far territory where all voices are equal, pushing toward the vast unknown spaces of the human spirit—we will plant ourselves there & report back to the world the beauty found.

Please see our submission options. Offering more than a byline, Frontier strives to be a resource not only for new poets, but for agents and other writers to discover new work. We are extremely selective. We sincerely look forward to reading your work.

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our values

We believe in poetry as a space for free and safe expression, life-affirming expression—we do not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, race, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason. We also do not put up with any discrimination in the poetry we consider for publication. Any discriminatory work we find in our submissions will not be read and will be declined.

We know well that the publishing world has been and is a feature of systemic racism and discriminatory practices. Frontier is so proud to stand with our poetry community in leading this industry in the right direction, toward anti-racism and true equity of opportunity and expression and justice. Inequality must be actively attacked and dismantled—talk is not enough. We need true diversity and true inclusion. Our community today owe's so much to our authors of color that keep us fresh and relevant and beautiful, especially our Black poets who give so generously of themselves to lead the evolution of a space so historically spiteful of their presence. Black voices matter. https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

We also value and offer our platform as a safe space for survivors—as the VIDA/CLMP #saferLIT originally phrased it, we commit “To believe victims who come forward about their experiences, and to do what [we] can to assist in getting help and address the situation immediately. To not deny the experience, gaslight, or dismiss those who come forward.” We also commit to removing from our platform any writers we’ve published if we learn of their bigotry or harassment elsewhere, past, present or future.

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Founder / Editor in Chief
Josh Roark // josh (at) frontierpoetry (dot) com // @joshuaroarkpoet

Guest Editors
Velid Beganovic Borjen // @Borjen

Caits Meissner // @caits_meissner

Ceridwen Hall

Despy Boutris // @itsdbouts

Steven Duong // @boneless_koi

Jose Hernandez Diaz // @JoseHernandezDz

Associate Editors
Yania Padilla // @bqbangs

Felicity Sheehy

Winniebell Zong // @WinniebellZong

Readers (& Amazing Poets)
Alex Shapiro, Angelina Mazza, Charlotte Hughes, Chelsea Risley, Cheryl Pearson, Daniel Garcia, Elizabeth Oxley, Esther Vincent, Gustavo Barahona-Lopez, Julio Cesar Villegas, Kate Simpson, Makensi Ceriani, Mawi Sonna, Maya White-Lurie, Michael Akuchie, Nisha Bolsey, Richelle Sushil, Saba Keramati

Founder
Kim Winternheimer // @kwintern​

General Inquiries
Please check our FAQ page which answers most questions regarding submissions, or reach out to contact (@) frontier poetry (dot) com.

fron·tier

noun

1

Definition
the extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area.

2

Synonyms
brink, boundary, borderland.

3

Frontier Poetry
a quality home for new poets.

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