Founded in 1981, BOMB Magazine is dedicated to delivering the artist's voice. BOMB includes a print quarterly magazine and an online daily publication. In addition to conversations between artists of all disciplines, BOMB publishes original works of fiction, poetry, and translation.
BOMB hosts an annual literary contest, alternating between fiction and poetry each year, with a distinguished guest judge. Our fiction contest, judged Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean, is now open for submissions. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the fall issue of BOMB Magazine’s literary supplement, First Proof.
There are also two open reading periods for unsolicited submissions of fiction and poetry per year. Our next reading period opens on July 1, 2017.
Before submitting, we encourage you to read the magazine, online and in print, to acquaint yourself with the material we have published. Subscriptions to BOMB are available here.
- Manuscripts must be fewer than 5,000 words and consist of a single story.
- All entries will be considered anonymously. Authors should include a cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, and title of story. Please do not write a name on the actual manuscript. Non-anonymous manuscripts will be immediately disqualified.
- Winner receives $1,000 and publication in BOMB Magazine.
- Simultaneous submissions are okay, but reading fee is not transferable.
- Work must be previously unpublished.
- Work must be uploaded via Submittable.
- Reading Fee: $20. Includes a free one-year subscription to BOMB for US entrants.
- Submission period: May 1–31, 2017.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The winner will be announced on July 31, 2017.
About Paul La Farge
Paul La Farge is the author of the novels The Artist of the Missing (1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), and Luminous Airplanes (2011), as well as The Facts of Winter (2005), a book of imaginary dreams. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Nautilus, Conjunctions and elsewhere. He has won the Bard Fiction Prize, two California Book Awards, and the Bay Area Book Critics’ Award for fiction. In 2013-14 he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.