For the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize we received a total of 490 submissions. Our chapbook editors worked feverishly to select 25 of the best manuscripts to send our guest judge, Richard Siken, an American poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Richard is the author of the collection Crush (Yale University Press, 2005), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004, and War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2015). 

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 chapbooks. With that said, we're ecstatic to announce and congratulate our winner, finalist, and editors' selections for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Competition!


A Clean Edge by Jeremy Allan Hawkins

Jeremy Allan Hawkins was born in New York City and raised in the Hudson Valley. He has been the recipient of a grant from the US Fulbright Program and a teaching fellowship from the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, and was also selected for the Best New Poets 2016 anthology. He is the author of A Clean Edge, selected by Richard Siken as the winner of the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. He lives in France.

Jeremy will receive $1000, publication with a first-print run of 250 chapbooks (with ISBN), 50 handmade limited edition chapbooks, and an online PDF format of his manuscript. 

A Clean Edge will be published in Summer 2017.


Elegy Department Spring by Kay Gabriel

Kay Gabriel is a PhD student in Classics at Princeton University and a co-editor of Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics. Her writing has appeared, or will soon, in Nat. Brut, Plenitude, TINGE, EOAGH, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbooks Elegy Department Spring (BOAAT Press), and, with David W. Pritchard, Impropria Persona, forthcoming from Damask Press. Twitter: @unit01barbie.

Kay will receive $50 and publication for her manuscript in an online PDF format.

Elegy Department Spring will be published in Summer 2017.

Editors' selections

on heat by Christy Davids

Christy Davids is a poet who often listens to the Beach Boys in a way that can only be described as aspirational. She recently completed her MFA at Temple University where she also teaches. Christy is an assistant editor at The Conversant; she co-curates the Philadelphia-based reading series Charmed Instruments, and collects recordings at poetry//SOUNDS. Some of her work can be found in VOLT, Open House, Boog City, Bedfellows, and the Poetry Foundation's Harriet amongst others.

Christy will receive $50 and publication for her manuscript in an online PDF format.

on heat will be published in Spring 2017.

The Bone Trees by Shane Lake

Shane Lake is a teacher and writer living in Houston, TX. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Indiana Review, Narrative, Chicago Quarterly Review, Third Coast, Cimarron Review, Grist, and elsewhere. 

Shane will receive $50 and publication for his manuscript in an online PDF format.

The Bone Trees will be published in Spring 2017.

Notable Manuscripts


by Ruth Awad

Jesse James Days
by Kai Carlson-Wee

The Body is A Map, Upon Which All Nations are Lost
by T. De Los Reyes

Habu Nabu
by Tracy Fuad

by Edgar Kunz

Tender Organs
by Jennifer Liberts

The Octavo of Human Landscapes
by Marco Maisto

prison recipes
by Jeremy Paden

by Roberto Rodriguez

watch out for falling bullets
by Phil SaintDenisSanchez

Not so dear Jenny:
by Jennifer Tseng