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Frontier Award for New Poets

We're so excited to host our 2018 Frontier Award for New Poets!

Victoria Chang will guest judge the contest. Victoria's fourth book of poetry Barbie Chang was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017, and in that same year, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The whole poetry community is terribly excited for her next book, Obit. Frontier Poetry staff will select the top fifteen submissions, and the winning poem and honorable mentions will be selected by Chang, to be announced in the fall.

The winning poet will be awarded $3000 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. We strongly invite poets from all 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  • Unpublished poems only.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 15th.
  • Please review our FAQ page for more information: www.frontierpoetry.com/faq

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Note on what we look for:

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 or What We Look For. We warmly and sincerely invite all voices, and especially those that have been historically marginalized or under-heard to submit and partner with us.

We also highly encourage you to submit your poetry for free to our New Voices, open year-round. We pay our emerging NV poets $50 per poem, published every Friday. New Voices is the beating heart of Frontier, and we hope to read your work soon. Thank you so much for supporting the community of new and emerging poets.

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