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Frontier Poetry's Roots and Roads Prize 2023 | Contest | Deadline: September 18

Frontier Poetry is currently open for submission for its Root and Roads inaugural prize. Read further on the submission guidelines. Free submission


Submit To Frontier Poetry's Roots and Roads Prize 2023

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Frontier Poetry is currently open for submission for its Root and Roads inaugural prize. Read further on the submission guidelines.

The submission is free for BIPOC writers.

About The Roots & Roads Prize

The organizers of the prize has the following to say about the prize:

"Not only are root systems vital for a tree to channel sustenance from the soil, but they are also communicators, connecting the plant to its environment and to other plants. Roads, too, are connectors, telling a story of movement and distances. This year, for our inaugural Roots & Roads Prize, Frontier Poetry invites you to imagine your poems as roots and roads, reaching both inward and outward.

We are in search of work that explores the tensions between these ideas, the relationships we have between origin and becoming, between our foundations and the possibilities that are sustained and/or troubled by them. We encourage you to interpret these words loosely and expansively, to let the poem take you where it wants. Bring us your ghosts, your maps, your homes, your alienations, your dreams of the future—lead us somewhere unexpected!"

Prize For Frontier Poetry's Roots and Roads Prize 2023

A total amount of $3000 will be awarded to the first place prize winner, $300 to second place, and $200 to third place.

About The Judge 

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru poet from Guam. He is the author of six books of poetry and the co-editor of seven anthologies. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific literature, eco-poetry, and food writing.

A Note from the Judge:

What people, memories, histories, or natural objects root you to place? What real or symbolic roads have you traveled? Have you ever felt uprooted? Have you been lost upon the road of life? These are some of the interrelated questions I hope poets will explore through the Roots & Roads Prize. I look forward to being taken on a journey deep and far into the human experience.

Submission Guidelines For Frontier Poetry's Roots and Roads Prize 2023

Interested persons are advised to read the submission guidelines for the prize before entering. 

Noteworthy below, there's a free submission for BIPOC writers before their submitted works reach 50, while the others are required to pay a submission fee of $20.
  • Submissions are open to emerging poets with no more than two full length collections published at the time of submission.
  • As part of their dedication to the pursuit of a more inclusive publishing world, there is a free submission window for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) poets at the beginning of the contest until our cap of fifty. 
  • Please note the portal will close when they hit our cap.
  • Do not include any identifying information in the body of your document.
  • Send up to three poems per submission, for a total of no more than five pages. According to them, they have no aesthetic or formal requirements and consider all styles of poetry.
  • Please submit unpublished poems only.
  • They welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • You may submit multiple times, but each submission requires a separate $20 fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter that includes a short, third-person bio with your publication history and any applicable content warnings.
  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English. Inclusion of other languages is welcome, as long as the poem is primarily written in English.
  • Please do not submit work if you have a personal relationship with the judge.
  • If you haven't already, please verify your email address with Submittable for more consistent communication.
  • If you have any questions, visit the FAQ page first on their site. If you don’t find the answer to your question, you can send an email to contact (at) frontierpoetry (dot) com.
 Deadline: September 18

Editorial Feedback Option

You can also require an editorial feedback for your works.

This option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from your packet, including suggestions for future submissions.

 The $149 option will provide you with three letters from three different editors. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee and all are astute and professional poets.


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