Poetry Awards

The 2019 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest

Opens March 15, 2019 — Closes May 15, 2019

We're incredibly honored to present our 2018 winner: How Often I Have Chosen Love, by Xiao Yu Shan! Please read, download and share! Learn more here.

Chapbooks are a huge milestone for emerging poets—not to mention that poetry chapbooks are one of the most unique features of art that our world-community of poets produces. We’re always looking forward to the Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest, to finding that one electric bundle of poems that rocks our world in less than 30 pages—and to finding the poet to share with this wonderful opportunity.

The winner of the prize will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier Poetry. Most exciting of all: the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, editors, agents and magazines through our newsletter. Don’t underestimate the power of this reach to shine a light on your work!

Our guest judge this year is Jericho Brown. His newest collection from Copper Canyon Press, The Tradition, drops on April 2nd, 2019!

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, Tin House, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

Guidelines for submission

  • Contest is open for international poets, but the poems must be in English.
  • Manuscript should be 15-30 pages (not including front/back-matter.)
  • Manuscript should be on the whole unpublished, although individual poems can be previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submitted chapbook will have the $20 fee.
  • Do not include bio information in the manuscript itself.
  • Deadline is May 15.




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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