Poetry Awards

2018 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest

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.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Contest is open for international poets, but the poems must be in English.
  • Poets with more than two book-length collections published or forthcoming are ineligible.
  • Manuscript should be 10-30 pages.
  • Manuscript should be on the whole unpublished, although individual poems can be previously published.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 chapbook must be submitted individually.
  • Do not include bio information in the manuscript itself.
  • Opens January 15, 2018. Deadline is March 15, 2018.
  • Submission Fee: $20
  • We will announce the winners early summer 2018.
  • To view a list of the most commonly asked questions about submitting to us, please see our FAQ page.


2017 Frontier Open: One Poem // $5000

Thank you to all of the submitters for the 2017 Frontier OPEN! We sincerely appreciate that you chose to share your work with Frontier, and we'll do our best to keep everyone updated as to the status of their submissions. We expect to be able to announce early next spring (Feb/March)!

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.

2017 Award for New Poets


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.

Frontier Poetry staff selected the top fifteen submissions and honorable mentions, and the winning poems were selected by Jess. 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.

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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