For those in the know / failure is always exotic.


If the tip jar category is the only option to submit then we've reached our limit of 300 free submissions for the month. The free option will open on the 1st of the new month.

The BOAAT Writer’s Retreat is a weeklong workshop and writing residency for seven poets and a prominent workshop leader. Workshops meet for five sessions (three group workshops and two one-on-one workshops with our workshop leader), Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Each year the BOAAT Writer’s Retreat is hosted in a spacious log cabin in the mountainous Vilas, North Carolina. The only necessary payments are the tuition, which covers the workshop, board, and home-cooked meals provided by BOAAT Press. All participants are expected to pay for any travel expenses. What's unique about the BOAAT Writer's Retreat is the freedom given to all the poets. You'll have the luxury of a residency in the mountaintops where you're given the time and space to write, all while receiving the chance to workshop your poetry with an established poet. Join us and be sure to read the testimonials below! 

APPLICATION FEE: There is none.

WHEN: Sunday, June  7th, - Saturday June 13th, 2020

WORKSHOP LEADER: Shane McCrae

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Shane McCrae is the author of six books of poetry: The Gilded Auction Block (forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux), In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014); Blood (Noemi Press, 2013); and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

ROOM AND BOARD: Upper level: a spacious loft that sleeps 4 (this is a shared living/sleep space), full bathroom - Middle Level: Two single bedrooms, kitchen, living room, full bathroom, laundry, upper deck over looking the mountain - Lower Level: 1 double bedroom (shared living/sleep space), 1 single bedroom, a game room (pool table), full bathroom, and a lower deck with a jacuzzi. It's more than likely you'll be rooming with someone.

SUBMISSIONS: Please submit up to ten pages of poems and provide a separate statement on why you think the BOAAT Writer's Retreat would benefit you (500 words or less). Acceptance is based on the potential we see in the writing sample and the statement of intent. Submissions will open on June 15th, 2019, on Submittable.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Every applicant will be notified by October 15th, 2019.

TUITION & ACCEPTANCE: $1,100 for room & board, 5 workshop sessions (2 being 1-on-1), and food. If accepted, you will have to provide a $250 deposit to secure your spot (this goes towards the entirety of your tuition). The remaining $850 will be due by February 15th, 2020 (we can extend the due date if needed). We'll accept 7 emerging poets.

You may submit up to five poems of any length. Our editorial staff can take up to three months before we make a final decision. 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

This category is to be used if we've run out of free submissions for the month (300) or if you really love what BOAAT Press produces for the literary community and would like to make a contribution. Your donation of either $2, $3, $4, or $5 will not influence your submission or chances of being accepted in our journal. The tip jar simply states that you admire the poems we publish. 100% of tips goes toward site fees (yearly renewals).


You may submit up to five poems of any length. Our editorial staff can take up to three months before we make a final decision. 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

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