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.
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.
Founder / Editor in Chief
Josh Roark // josh (at) frontierpoetry (dot) com // @joshuaroarkpoet
Kim Winternheimer // @kwintern
Heather Derr-Smith // @Hderrsmith
Velid Beganovic Borjen // @Borjen
Readers (& Amazing Poets)
Esther Vincent, Gustavo Barahona-Lopez, Kate Simpson, Maya White-Lurie, Selina Mahmood, Makensi Ceriani, Charika Swanepoel, and Cheryl Pearson.
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.
a quality home for new poets.