Poetry Award for New Poets

We're excited to host our Poetry Award for New Poets!

Tyehimba Jess will guest judge the contest. Jess's beautiful collection, Olio, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Frontier Poetry staff will select the top fifteen submissions, and the winning poem and honorable mentions will be selected by Jess, to be announced in the fall. The winning poet will be awarded $2000 and publication on Frontier Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. The top fifteen finalists will also be recognized.

We do not hold preference for any particular style or topic—we simply seek the best poem we can find. Send us work that is blister, that is color, that strikes hot the urge to live and be. For a sense of what we are looking for, read through our previously published poems.

We strongly invite poets from traditionally under represented or marginalized communities. You, & your words, are welcome here.

Guidelines:

  • Submissions are open to new and emerging writers (poets with no more than two full-length published works forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • Send us only your best, polished work.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • No more than 3 poems (5 pages) per submission. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Submission fee of $20.
  • Deadline is September 30th.

If you have any questions about submissions of any kind or would like to query a current submission, please send an email to: contact (at) frontierpoetry (dot) com

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