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)
GUEST JUDGE: Tiana Clark
Tiana Clark is the 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. Clark is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, VQR, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere.
ENTRY FEE: $15
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 2019.
PUBLICATION FOR THE WINNING CHAPBOOK:
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
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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