We're excited to host our 2021 Frontier Award for New Poets! This award is for authors with no more than one full length collection at the time of submission.
A distinguished panel of emerging poets will guest judge the contest: Mai Der Vang, Andrés Cerpa, and Rosebud Ben-Oni. Frontier Poetry staff will select the top ten submissions, and the winning poem and honorable mentions will be selected by the panel of judges, to be announced in the winter.
The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication on Frontier Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will also be recognized. 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. We strongly invite poets from all communities and backgrounds. You, & your words, are welcome here. // Josh & the Frontier team
I'm so excited that we're going to be working on Prose Poetry for this next Lab. We've published great prose poems, and I've written what I assume are great prose poems (ha)—but I still feel like there's so much more to learn and master about the form!
This is an all-online, asynchronous opportunity to get your work prose poems read and edited by some of the best prose poets publishing work today. We are fortunate enough to have secured some great poets to participate—Jihyun Yun, author of Some Are Always Hungry; Felicia Zamora, author of I Always Carry My Bones; and Jose Hernandez Diaz, author of Fire Eater. These award winning poets are writing some of the most exciting contemporary prose poetry. They will apply their hard-earned expertise on your poems—personalized developmental feedback that will help your best poems find their way to the page. These editors receive a significant portion of the Lab fee.
We're also doing the most to pack this opportunity with great material!
Want some guidance on developing your prose poetry voice? I've put together an MFA-style workbook for every participant, based around the three prose-poetry craft books we've found to be the most substantial for learning: The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem from Penguin Classics; Prose Poetry: An Introduction from Princeton University Press; and The Field Guide to Prose Poetry from Rose Metal Press. I've designed these workbooks to be self-driven courses through the books, with a deep and provable understanding of the material as an end result. They can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to work through.
Looking for some authentic inspiration? Jose Hernandez Diaz has written a great chapbook of prompts for your future writing. Almost any experienced and prolific poet will tell you: good writing prompts are invaluable to get the words flowing. These will last you through the rest of your year!
Want some advice on where else to submit? Let us help—we will send you a dozen great places that could be a good fit for your particular voice. Every participant will get individualized recommendations from our experienced team.
Best, Josh, Editor of Frontier Poetry
PS: If you need an extension on the deadline, please feel welcome to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.
We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. Our aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of our beautiful community. Your voice is valued here.
Frontier Poetry holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in Frontier Poetry first.