Redwork by Jessica Fjeld
Selected by Dean Young
Jessica Fjeld is the author of Redwork (BOAAT Press, 2018), which was selected by Dean Young as the winner of the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize, and the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. In 2015, she was awarded a "Discovery" Poetry Prize by the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and the Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in Conduit, H_NGM_N, iO, jubilat, Poetry, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. A graduate of the UMass-Amherst MFA program for Poets & Writers and Columbia Law School, she lives in Boston with her family, where she works as a lawyer and teacher.
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The BOAAT BOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to an emerging poet who has not previously published a book of poems.
WHEN: April 15, 2018 - May 31, 2018 (ends at 11:59 EST)
GUEST JUDGE: TBA
poets writing in the English language are eligible
poets are not eligible to submit a manuscript if they have studied with the guest judge in full-time accredited courses or know the guest judge on a personal level
manuscripts should be 48 to 75 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
include two cover sheets: one with the title of your manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address—the other with the title of the manuscript
finalists manuscripts will be sent to the judge without identification (we print the final 15 manuscripts and mail them to our judge)
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 manuscript will be read by THREE different readers. All of our preliminary readers are poets who have graduated from an MFA program or beyond. They'll select fifteen of the best manuscripts to send our judge. We change readers for every new prize.
READING FEE: $25.00 paid through Submittable
PUBLICATION FOR THE WINNING BOOK:
a foreword by the Judge
a $2,000 honorarium
50 free copies
the book will be slated for publication around Summer/Fall of 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Fall 2018
FINALISTS: If we have the funds to publish one or two more books from the finalists' list then those will be selected by the team of readers and the editor-in-chief of BOAAT Press.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submittable
Click for the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize Results