The moment when poets meet poets, across oceans and cultures and continents, drives our team at Frontier. The magic of that meeting is our heart, the very meaning of our name. With the Global Poetry Prize, we're seeking to make specific and deliberate space for our community that stretches within and beyond the borders of the United States. This year, we're focusing on four distinct regions: South Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Every year, we envision these regions changing, and we hope to include more and more global poets in this series over the years.
Our team will choose ten finalists to represent each region to send to the four individual judges, and they will select each select a winner to represent their region. These winners will receive $1000 and publication on Frontier Poetry. Every poem submitted will also be considered for publication.
Submissions are open to poets who identify as having significant or deeply rooted connections to the region they seek to represent (i.e. including family/cultural ties). You do not have to currently reside in the location. We welcome writers who have complicated identities and histories, but we will not choose writers who would be tourists in the region they wish to represent.
—Joshua Roark, Editor in Chief
For the region of South Asia:
Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Bangladeshi immigrants and raised in Texas. She is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Her writing has appeared widely in the US and abroad in the Daily Star, BuzzFeed, Hindu Business Line, Huffington Post, Ms. magazine, the New Republic, the Nation, Oxford American, Poetry magazine, and the Academy of American Poets website, as well as in the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket, 2019) and the television show PBS News Hour. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, three Pushcart prizes, and other honors, Faizullah presents work at institutions and organizations worldwide, and has been featured at the the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Fulbright Conference, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, the Radcliffe Seminars, New York University, Barnard College, University of California Berkeley, the Poetry Foundation, the Clinton School of Public Service, Brac University, and elsewhere. Faizullah’s writing has been translated into Bengali, Persian, Chinese, and Tamil, and was included in the theater production Birangona: Women of War. Her collaborations include photographers, producers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists, resulting in several interdisciplinary projects, including an EP, Eat More Mango. In 2016, Harvard Law School included Faizullah in their list of 50 Women Inspiring Change.
For the region of Africa:
Saddiq Dzukogi was born in Minna, Nigeria. He is the author of Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press, 2021), and the chapbook, Inside the Flower Room a selection of the New Generation African Poets Chapbook series. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, World Literature Today, Oxford Poetry, Oxford Review of Books, Southeast Review, and others. He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received the Vreeland Prize for Poetry.
For the region of Europe:
Aria Aber was raised in Germany. Her debut book Hard Damage won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in September 2019. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri and elsewhere. A graduate from the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, where she was the Writers in Public Schools Fellow, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Dickinson House, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. She is the recipient of a 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She is at work on a novel and a second book of poems.
For the region of North America:
JP Dancing Bear is the editor of Verse Daily. He’s also the editor and founder of Dog’s Heart Press (previously known as Dream Horse Press), founding editor of DMQ Review, and American Poetry Journal. Author of 16 collections of poetry and published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies, his latest books are Of Oracles and Monsters (Glass Lyre Press, 2020) and Fish Singing Foxes(Salmon Poetry, 2019).
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. The $149 option will provide three letters from three different editors. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.
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.