"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." - Emily Dickinson

You may submit up to five poems of any length. Our editorial staff can take up to two months before we make a final decision. If we've published you before you're allowed to resubmit to BOAAT again. Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged. If individual pieces are accepted elsewhere please write a note in Submittable. We do not accept previously published pieces. All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask that you acknowledge BOAAT

Ends on May 31, 2017$17.00
$17.00

The BOAAT CHAPBOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to a single poet, at any point in their literary career.

2017 GUEST JUDGE: Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at Arizona State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.

ENTRY FEE: $17

GUIDELINES:

  • poets writing in the English language are eligible

  • poets are not eligible to submit a manuscript if they know the judge or the chapbook editors personally

  • chapbook manuscripts should be 15 to 30 pages of poetry, submitted in .docx or PDF formats only

  • poems previously published in journals are acceptable—be sure to include an acknowledgements page if appropriate 

  • please include a title page, table of contents, but do not include your name anywhere within the manuscript

  • the author's biography is collected separately in the Submittable cover letter

  • simultaneous submissions are permissible, but submitters are asked to notify BOAAT Press immediately if a manuscript is picked up for publication elsewhere

  • manuscript revisions are not permitted during the submission period

  • submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each

READING PROCESS: Every single entry is read blind by our chapbook editors. They will select twenty-five of the best chapbook manuscripts to send our judge. 

PUBLICATION FOR THE WINNING CHAPBOOK:  

  • a $1,000 honorarium 

  • 25 printed chapbooks out of a first print-run of 300 (with ISBN)

  • 2 handmade chapbooks out of a limited edition printing of 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The winning manuscript will be announced by September 2017 or earlier.

FINALISTS: We usually choose between 1 - 4 finalists. Each chapbook for our finalists will be published as a PDF digital download on our website and will receive $50. 

Ends on May 31, 2017$25.00
$25.00

The BOAAT BOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to an emerging poet who has not previously published a book of poems.

WHEN: April 15, 2017 - May 31, 2017 (ends at 11:59 EST)

GUEST JUDGE: Dean Young

Dean Young has published eleven books of poetry, including finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin.

GUIDELINES: 

  • poets writing in the English language are eligible

  • poets are not eligible to submit a manuscript if they have studied with the guest judge in full-time accredited courses or know the guest judge on a personal level

  • manuscripts should be 48 to 75 pages of poetry, submitted in .docx or PDF formats only;

  • poems previously published in journals are acceptable—be sure to include an acknowledgements page if appropriate 

  • include two cover sheets: one with the title of your manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address—the other with the title of the manuscript

  • finalists manuscripts will be sent to the judge without identification (we print the final 15 manuscripts and mail them to our judge)

  • the author's biography is collected separately in the Submittable cover letter

  • simultaneous submissions are permissible, but submitters are asked to notify BOAAT Press immediately if a manuscript is picked up for publication elsewhere

  • manuscript revisions are not permitted during the submission period

  • submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each

READING PROCESS: Every manuscript will be read by THREE different readers. All of our preliminary readers are poets who have graduated from an MFA program or beyond. These readers have won multiple awards including the National Poetry Series, the Fence Modern Poets Prize, the Utah Book Prize, and more. They'll select fifteen of the best manuscripts to send our judge. Those 15 manuscripts being finalists.

READING FEE: $25.00 paid through Submittable

PUBLICATION FOR THE WINNING BOOK:

  • a foreword by Dean Young

  • a $2,000 honorarium 

  • 50 free copies

  • the book will be slated for publication around Summer/Fall of 2018 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 15 finalists will be announced by August, and the winner will be announced by September, possibly October.

FINALISTS: If we have the funds to publish one or two more books from the finalists list then those will be selected by the team of readers and the editor-in-chief of BOAAT Press.