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 chapbook, our 2018 Chapbook Contest Winner, Xiao Yue Shan's How Often I Have Chosen Love.

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

Kim Winternheimer // @kwintern​

Guest Editors
Heather Derr-Smith // @Hderrsmith

Velid Beganovic Borjen // @Borjen

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

General Inquiries
Please check our FAQ page which answers most questions regarding submissions.




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


brink, boundary, borderland.


Frontier Poetry
a quality home for new poets.

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