Poetry Awards

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Summer Poetry Award

Frontier Poetry staff will select the winning poem, to be announced in the fall. The winning poet will be awarded $2000 and publication on Frontier Poetry.

Honorable mentions will also receive $100 and publication on Frontier. 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.​

View the guidelines here.

Deadline: July 15

 


Industry Prize

Thank you to all of our submitters! Your support means the world to us. You can expect to receive some word on the finalists and winner in late summer/early fall, around August.

For this prize, we want to give our submitters a chance to be read by some of the most influential persons across our industry: a magazine editor, a director of a professional poetry organization, and a book editor. The three judges will collaborate to choose one winning poem, and two runners-up. This year's panel includes:

Don Share, Editor of Poetry 

Nicole Sealey, Executive Director of Cave Canem

Matthew Zapruder, Editor of Wave Books

The winner of the Industry Prize will receive $3000 and publication on Frontier. The second and third place poems will win $200 and $100 respectively.The editors of Frontier will select the finalists from which the judges will make their decisions. Most exciting of all: the poems will be validated by a panel of leaders in our poetry community. 

View the guidelines here.

Contest Window: March 15 - May 15

 


Digital Chapbook Contest

Thank you to all of our submitters this year! The response has been overwhelming and we hope to have read all of your beautiful little books by the middle of June this year, if not before. We are doing our absolute best to get the results back to you folks.

Chapbooks are a huge milestone for emerging poets, and we’re always looking forward to the Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest—where we get to find that one electric bundle of poems that rocks our world in less than 30 pages.

The winner of the FDCC will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier. Most exciting of all: the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, influencers, editors, agents, and magazines through our newsletter. Don’t underestimate the power of this reach to empower your career as a poet.

The editors of Frontier will select the winning chapbook.

Contest Window: January 15 - March 15

2018 WINNER

“How Often I Have Chosen Love” by Xiao Yue Shan

2018 Finalists

“Insectum Gravitas” by Catherine Strisik
“Invention of the Mouth” by Linette Reeman
“Preternatural” by Becky Boyle
“The War Still Inside” by Tanya Ko-Hong
“Griefdom” by Kristin Chang
“Neologisms” by Seema Yasmin
“Nowhere Buelah” by Nicole Stockburger
“Smoke Girl” by Simone Person

“Voices of a Forgotten Letter” by Seif-Eldeine Och

 


Frontier Open: One Poem // $5000

In our pursuit to recognize today's best poets, we want to celebrate one outstanding piece of poetry, OPEN to all poets, with a $5000 award and publication.

Ten finalists will also receive $100 each and all winners will earn publication with Frontier Poetry. The Frontier staff will select the winners and finalists.

While we are a platform for new writers, this prize is meant to support the poetry community on the whole. We look forward to offering this annual prize where emerging and established poets are considered in equal measure.

Submissions accepted from poets at all stages of their career.

Contest Window: September 15 - November 15

2017 WINNER

“Tim” by Tiana Clark

2017 Finalists

“Say Nothing” by Chad Oness
“Speak” by Rachel Jorgensen
“Forgiveness” by Jessica Turney
“apparel” by Chaun Ballard
“Study Tour” by Amanda Hawkins
“Ila Sisi, Ila Sisi” by Bola Opaleke
“Watching a Ruined Dog Die in a Dream” by Mason Henderson
“Carrying Season” by Mackenzie Whitehead-Bust
“Ars Poetica in Blue” by Ebony Chinn
“Fall” by Regina Marie

 


Award for New Poets

Frontier Poetry staff will select the top fifteen submissions and honorable mentions, and the winning poems were selected by the guest judge. 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.

Submissions accepted from emerging poets only, with no more than two collections published.

Contest Window: July 15 - September 15

2017 WINNERS

First Place: “Souvenir” by Todd Smith

Second Place: “Love poem with a knife” by Kara Jackson

Third Place: “deciduous qween IV” by Matty Layne Glasgow

Honorable mentions: “Undone” by Brionne Janae; “the neighbor’s house” by Benjamin Hertwig

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

 


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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