What Happens on Earth by Alfredo Aguilar

Selected by Natalie Diaz

Alfredo Aguilar is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of the chapbooks Recuerdo (YesYes Books forthcoming) & What Happens On Earth (BOAAT Press forthcoming). He has received fellowships from VONA & the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Vinyl, Best New Poets 2017, & elsewhere. He lives in North County San Diego.



Thin Fire by Alicia Mountain

Selected by Natalie Diaz

Alicia Mountain is the author of the chapbook "Thin Fire" which was a finalist for the 2017 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. Mountain's debut collection "High Ground Coward" was awarded the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press (April 2018). Her poems can be found in Guernica, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Witness, and elsewhere. Mountain has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, an Idyllwild Arts Fellow and a resident at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. A queer poet and PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Mountain earned her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. 


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, 2018 (ends at 11:59 EST)




  • 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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The winning manuscript will be announced by September 2018 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

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