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

Submissions for the 2017 BOAAT Chapbook Prize will begin April 15, 2017 - May 31, 2017 (ends at 11:59 EST)

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.



  • 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. 


  • 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. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submittable

Click for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize Results

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