Poetry Lab

Democratizing higher learning has always been a deep concern for our team at Frontier—we want to make quality educational opportunities available to folks beyond the traditional MFA space. We're excited to expand our efforts this year into this New Voices Lab format! Being read seriously by admired experts in the community can be such an incredible force for the creative spirit, and we consider it a privilege to be a space where that can happen. — Josh, Editor in Chief


You'll Receive

  • an editorial letter from your editor with specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your poetry to the next level
  • PDF of materials including craft essays from our Editor in Chief, advice and inspiration from editors across the community, editorial notes on what we see from the slush pile, information on submission strategies, and additional advice on submitting
  • free submission in a forthcoming Frontier Poetry contest of your choice
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work, along with reading recommendations from your instructor
  • digital copies of all of our award winning chapbooks, How Often I Have Chosen Love by Xiao Yue Shan, Shadow Black by Naima Tokunow, or In the Year of Our Making & Unmaking by Frederick Speers
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than April 30. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.


Meet The Editors

Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in Gulf CoastjubilatWashington SquareBOAATBirdfeast and other journals. He is the author of Situation Normal (Rye House Press) and Resuscitation Party (Racing Form Press).

Jenny Molberg is the author of two poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal (LSU Press, 2020). She has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast,  West Branch, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, The Cortland Review, Diode, and other publications. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and co-edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com or on Twitter at @jennymolberg.

Kathleen Volk Miller has written for LitHub, NYT Modern Love, O, the Oprah magazine, Salon, the NYTimes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Family Circle, Philadelphia Magazine and other venues. She is co-editor of the anthology, Humor: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is co-editor of The Painted Bride Quarterly and co-host of PBQ’s podcast, Slush Pile. She has also published in literary magazines, such as Drunken Boat, Opium, and other venues. She holds “Healing through Writing” workshops, and other memoir classes. She consults on literary magazine start up, working with college students, and getting published in literary magazines.  She is a professor at Drexel University.

Annick MacAskill’s second full-length collection, Murmurations, was published by Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2020. Her debut collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Award. She is a member of the Room Magazine editorial collective. Originally from Southwestern Ontario, she now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Visit her website at annickmacaskill.com


Submission Guidelines

  • For emerging poets only—please do not submit if you have more than 2 full length collections out or forthcoming.
  • Please submit up to 10 poems per submission.
  • All genres and all styles are welcome.
  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. You may reserve a spot early, but make sure to email us when you're ready to share your poetry so that we may open the submission up to editing.
  • 4 scholarships will be reserved for BIPOC authors. Please email us at contact (at) frontierpoetry.com for more info.



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