I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Poetry Editor Josh Roark a few questions to find out. See my interview with Roark and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Frontier Poetry originally started?
ROARK: Frontier began as an arm of The Masters Review (www.mastersreview.com), a publication that focuses on new and emerging fiction and narrative nonfiction writers. The Masters Review started six years ago when it produced a single anthology of ten writers selected by an established author (Lauren Groff), and has grown into an organization that offers workshops, resources for writers, and has since published hundreds of stories and essays selected by the TMR staff and guest editors. The Masters Review wanted to offer the same quality platform for poets, to generate real visibility for new poets, but also wanted the publication to have its own identity. In this way, Frontier was born.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ROARK: We are looking for poetry that pushes language forward, for poets and poems that strive to place themselves at the edge of what language can do--though this doesn’t mean that we are only concerned with experimental poetry. We believe that sonnets can be at the frontier, book-length poems can be at the frontier, feed-haikus can be at the frontier. As long as a piece is crafted with exceptional consideration for technique, image, and language, that poem is a fit for us.
Work by diverse poets and underrepresented voices is also important for us to publish. We take our role as gatekeeper between poet and world very seriously and wish to use our platform as fairly and justly as we can.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
ROARK: Guernica is one of our favorite journals to keep an eye on. Apogee and Adroit--Ploughshares & Prairie Schooner. Lunch Ticket consistently impresses. Plume too. Kaveh Ackbar’s Divedapper is also a great resource for interviews with exciting poets.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ROARK: Please send us 3-5 poems to our submittable: https://frontier.submittable.com/submit. Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month.
We are pleased to announce we offer payment to New Voices authors. $50 per poem, up to $150. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces, but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ROARK: Please reach out to me at josh(at)mastersreview(dot)com with any and all inquiries.
DEADLINE: Always open for New Voices category
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: $50 per poem, up to $150.