The boaat book prize


The boaat book prize



The BOAAT BOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to an emerging poet who has not previously published a book of poems.

WHEN: Submissions open April 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018 (ends at 11:59 EST)

GUEST JUDGE: Nick Flynn is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, Blind Huber, and Some Ether, winner of the PEN/Osterweil Award. He is also the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008). He has received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in include the New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and the New York Times Book Review. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film Darwin’s Nightmare (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on Being Flynn, the film version of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.




  • 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, but we're flexible

  • do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript

  • do not include an acknowledgments or dedication page

  • 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 FEE: $25.00 paid through Submittable; add $10.00 to automatically receive the winning book.

READING PROCESS: Each year we bring on three new readers to screen submissions. All of our preliminary readers are poets who have graduated from an MFA program or beyond, and also have a collection of poems. They'll select fifteen of the best manuscripts to send our judge. 


  • a foreword by the Judge

  • a $2,000 honorarium

  • 50 free copies

  • the book will be slated for publication around Fall of 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS: July/August 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





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 ConduitH_NGM_N, iOjubilatPoetrySixth 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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