The BOAAT CHAPBOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to a single poet, at any point in their literary career.

Submissions for the 2018 BOAAT Chapbook Prize will begin April 1st - April 30th, 2018 (ends at 11:59 EST)


GUEST JUDGE: Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she was featured as an emerging poet in the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and as one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural influencers of 2017. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Octopus Magazine, A Public Space, The New York Times and Tin House. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's School of the Arts, she serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, chairs the Board of Trustees of The Poetry Project, and co-chairs the Brooklyn Book Festival Poetry Committee. She is a visiting professor at Hampshire College, and lives in New York City.



  • 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 

  • 50 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





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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