2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize Results

The BOAAT Chapbook prize was judged by Tiana Clark author of the debut poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.




“Sweet Meat” by Rachel Abramowitz

“Sand House” by geoff anderson

“Instantly Good” by Stevie Belchak

“THE VOYAGE OUT” by Jaydn DeWald

“MUVAship” by Jessica Edwards

“Worthy Animal” by Victoria Flanagan

“I Ask My Sister's Ghost” by Benjamin Gucciardi

“Home and Other Centos” by Trevor Ketner

“Counting Softly the Seconds” by John LaPine

“MOTHERSALT, A Lyric” by Mia Malhotra

“Pork Shoulder // Lục Bát” by Joshua Nguyen

“Spending Salt At The Sand Store” by Koby Omansky

“DEATHBED SEXT” by Chris Salerno

“Prayer under eyelids” by Karthik Sethuraman

“ANGELOLOGY” by Duncan Slagle

“SURGERY DREAM” by Duncan Slagle

“Dystrophies” by Sam Stokley

“new edda” by Anna Sutton

“Salat” by Dujie Tahat




The BOAAT CHAPBOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to a single poet.

WHEN: April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019 (ends at 11:59 PST—we see you West Coast)




  • 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 (check the masthead)

  • chapbook manuscripts should be 15 to 32 pages of poetry, submitted in .docx or PDF formats only

  • do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript

  • do not include an acknowledgments page

  • the author's biography and acknowledgments are 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 3 times by 3 different readers from our chapbook team. Each manuscript is read blind, meaning no one can access the submittable cover letter or biographical information—the readers are just simply reading the manuscript. Our associate and head editors will select 15 of the best chapbook manuscripts to send our judge. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: All entrants will be notified of the winner and finalists by July 2020.


  • a foreword by the Judge

  • a $500 honorarium 

  • 25 printed chapbooks out of a first print-run of 300 (with ISBN)

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submittable


Winner of the 2018 BOAAT Chapbook Prize

Runner up

The Lion Tamer’s Daughter by Kemi Alabi





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. 


Click for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize Results

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