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

Editor at Large
Luther Hughes // @lutherxhughes

Guest Editor
Heather Derr-Smith // @Hderrsmith

Associate Editors
Bailey Cohen // @BaileyC213

Felicity Sheehy

Readers (& Amazing Poets)
Winniebell Zong, Selina Mahmood, Sophia Noulas, James Scannell McCormick, Abeir Soukieh, Charika Swanepoel, Makensi Ceriani, Bailey Cohen, Susan Yanos, Seneca Basoalto, Sankara OLAMA YAI, Maribel P, Clara Burghelea, Cheryl Pearson, Moira J., Jamie Samdahl, Catherine Chen, Esther Vincent, and Matt Koucky.

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.


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