boom

poetry contest

The Boom Poetry Chapbook Contest runs annually with submissions accepted from September 15 through December 31.

It usually takes us a few months to decide on a winner. As soon as we announce the winner, production begins on the chapbook. Edits are hashed out, typesetting begins, a cover is chosen, letterpressing happens—we usually shoot for a September publish date. So turnaround is relatively fast.

We totally work with you. While we definitely have certain standards and aesthetics, we want you to be happy and completely satisfied with the production process and your chapbook.

We print 300 copies. We contract 15 copies to the author with more offered at a 35% discount as well as $250 in prize money.


Manuscripts are read anonymously by Bateau Press editors. We endorse the CLMP contest code of ethics:

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing.

We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest.

To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically.

Contact Bateau Press with any questions about the Boom chapbook.