BOAAT Press is ecstatic to announce the inaugural winner for the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize,  a prestigious award for a first book in poetry. Our readers worked feverishly to select the best 15 manuscripts to send our guest judge, Dorianne Laux, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award judged by Ai, and The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry.

We would like to thank all the poets who entered this competition, as we know a lot of time and love are poured into these wonderful manuscripts. With that said, we'd like to congratulate our winner, finalist, and notable manuscripts for the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize!


EDITH by Meg Freitag

Meg Freitag was born in Maine. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tin House, Boston Review, Indiana Review, and Black Warrior Review, among others. Her first book, EDITH, was selected by Dorianne Laux as the winner of the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize and will be published by BOAAT Press in Fall 2017. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Meg will receive $2000 and publication for her first book, EDITH, which will be published in Fall 2017.



After Jubilee by Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is a California native, teaching artist, and poet living in Boston where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne was a recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, jubilat, Redivider, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing among others. Her first book, After Jubilee, will be published by BOAAT Press in Winter 2017. And most importantly Brionne is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Brionne will receive publication for her first book, After Jubilee, which will be published in Winter 2017.

Notable Manuscripts


by Ruth Baumann

Has No [Skin]
by Kristina Bicher

by Brian Clifton

Big Dread Moon
by Claire Cronin

Citizens of the Mausoleum
by Rodney Gomez

by Trevor Ketner

The Glassworld
by Emily Lawson

Louisiana Alchemy
by Liz McGehee

High Ground Coward
by Alicia Mountain
Book of Hands
by Triin Paja

Wasp & Nettle
by Megan Peak

The Account of Worms
by Angela Voras-Hills