Poetry Awards

The 2021 Industry Prize

Closed November 14, 2021

Thank you to all of our submitters this year! We'll be in touch and should have our decisions in 8-12 weeks.

Welcome to the 2021 Frontier Industry Prize! For this one, we want to award one poem the $3000 prize—selected by a panel of judges representing two stellar independent presses that are at the foundations of our community: Michael Wiegers of Copper Canyon Press and Jenny Molberg of Pleiades Press.
The two judges will collaborate to select a single winning poem from a group of finalists for the $3000 prize and publication on Frontier.
Our Frontier team will select the ten finalists—we're excited to get to put some amazing poets in front of these amazing professionals. We're excited as well to reward our 2nd and 3rd place poems, selected by the judges, with $200 / $100 respectively and with publication on Frontier Poetry. The winner and finalists will be announced Spring of 2022.

Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to new and emerging writers (poets with no more than one full-length published work 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  • Unpublished poems only.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 (10 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 and personal bio.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Submission fee of $20.
  • Deadline is November 14th.
  • Please review our FAQ page for more information: www.frontierpoetry.com/faq

 

About Our Judges

Michael Wiegers has been acquiring and editing books for Copper Canyon Press since 1993, and currently serves as the Press’s Executive Editor/Editor in Chief. He has edited two retrospective volumes of the poetry of Frank Stanford, including What About This, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and received the Balcones Poetry Prize. He edited the anthologies The Poet’s Child and This Art, and translated poems for Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry, which he co-edited with Mónica de la TorreHe is also the poetry editor of Narrative and regularly speaks about the art of publishing at universities and colleges around the world. He is currently at work on a book about the poet W.S. Merwin.

Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal: Poems (LSU Press, 2020). She coedited the Unsung Masters Series collection Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, Boulevard, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the C.D. Wright Conference, Longleaf Writers Conference, and Vermont Studio Center. Molberg holds a BA from Louisiana State University, an MFA from American University, and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades: Literature in Context.

Included Unique Opportunities and Discounts

As a thank you for your support for Frontier, we're able to offer these unique opportunities (the discount codes arrive in submittable's confirmation message):

The Poetry School is offering every submitter a 20% off discount code (average of $28 value) to one of their online courses! Head to their platform, find a course you're interested in, and use the code included in the confirmation message at checkout.

The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class. Go to https://www.writingsalons.com/ to find a class and type in the code in the reply during checkout.

Alice James Books is also offering a 25% discount code on any of their pre-orders! Go to www.alicejamesbooks.org to find amazing new work and use the code during checkout.

Editorial Feedback Option

This option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.

 


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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