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.
Our guest judge Carl Phillips will select the winner. He is professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis and has served as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets since 2010. His own books of poetry include Wild Is the Wind and and the recently released, Pale Colors in a Tall Field.
Our 2019 winner, Shadow Black, by Naima Tokunow and selected by Jericho Brown, will be released on May 3rd, 2020—stay tuned!
View our 2018 winner, How Often I Have Chosen Love, by Xiao Yue Shan.
We are also selling a limited run of physical copies of our 2019 winner, Shadow Black, by Naima Tokunow and selected by Jericho Brown—we only have the 90 copies that we printed for this year's AWP. If you'd love to read the stunning chap in its limited physical edition (while also sending the author some money and helping us recoup losses from our AWP cancellation)—please consider purchasing her wonderful little book of poems!
"The poems in Shadow Black move from startling moments of subtlety to satisfying passages of rant. Naima Tokunow is also a poet of the body, and in that tradition she calls for the liberation of the black body in particular: “It refuses. It declines. It makes its own.” I’m so glad to have these poems in my life." — Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament
In addition, two options for feedback are available—the Editorial Letter and the Manuscript Consultation. For convenient and practical feedback on a poem from the collection, the Editorial Letter will be your best choice (1-2 pages). The Manuscript Consultation will provide an in-depth and extensive editorial service on the manuscript as a whole (15-20 pages + phone consultation).
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.
The Frontier Fellowship exists to give opportunity and access to poets in the margins of our community. We’re seeking emerging writers traditionally under represented by mainstream magazines and presses, in order to make that “breaking in” a little easier.
This category will always be free.
We will award a poet with the Frontier Fellowship: free access and enrollment in our editorial services (feedback, webinars & mentorship), multiple publications (original poetry and prose) in Frontier, participation in our editorial community, and introductions to agents and presses. We customize our fellowships to meet the needs of our chosen fellow: hours per month, number of publications, and publication involvement will vary based on our fellow's availability.
For the Fellow of 2018, we accepted applications from poets who are 50 or older and who do not have a full-length collection published or forthcoming at the time of submission. Susan Yanos was our 2018 Fellow.
For the Fellow of 2019, we accepted applications from poets who are from native nations and/or identify as an indigenous writer. Moira J. is our 2019 Fellow.
For the Fellow of 2021, submissions open in March!