Poetry Awards


2018 Frontier OPEN: CLOSED 11/15

From the whole team at Frontier Poetry: thank you to every submitter. You've responded to this opportunity with overwhelming enthusiasm and we are humbled and grateful. Please expect to hear from us about finalists and winners in late February, early March.

In our pursuit to recognize today's best poets, we want to celebrate one outstanding piece of poetry, OPEN to all poets regardless of publication history, 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. The winners and honorable mentions will be announced in February 2019. We look forward to offering this annual prize where emerging and established poets are considered in equal measure.


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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