We're excited to host our 2019 Frontier Award for New Poets! You can find our previous winners here.
A distinguished panel of emerging poets will guest judge the contest: Ocean Vuong, Kaveh Akbar, and Eve L. Ewing.
Ocean Vuong is the author of the best selling debut, Night Sky With Exit Wounds. His latest effort, the novel On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous has been one of the most widely anticipated books of 2019.
Eve L. Ewing is a genre crossing artist and scholar, the author of the debut award winning collection Electric Arches and the non-fiction Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side.
Kaveh Akbar has been a Ruth Lilly Fellow from the Poetry Foundation and the founder of Divedapper, a dialogue platform for poets. His debut Calling a Wolf a Wolf was one of the most talked about collections of 2018.
Beotis Creative—the amazing boutique agency that represents many of our favorite poets—has also generously offered to have a phone call/video chat with the winner of this contest.
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 fall. 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. You, & your words, are welcome here. Learn more here.
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: $500 grant meant to be used toward covering industry submission costs, 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!