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:
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.