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. 

We encourage submissions of adventurous work that push the boundaries of form or content in some way. Our submission period is open once a year in the fall.

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.

Our biennial fiction contest is now open for submissions. We are pleased to announce guest judge Renee Gladman. Eileen Myles writes of Gladman's work, "“Renee Gladman has always struck me as being a dreamer—she writes that way and the dreaming seems to construct the architecture of the world unfolding before our reading eyes.”


Submission Guidelines

  • 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  • Work must be previously unpublished.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: March 27–May 5, 2019. 

Email firstproof@bombsite.com with any questions.

The winner will be announced on July 31, 2019.

 

About Renee Gladman
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of twelve published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as Calamities, a collection of linked auto-essays on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community, which won the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and her first monograph of drawings: Prose Architectures (2017). One Long Black Sentence, a book of white ink drawings on black paper and indexed by Fred Moten, is forthcoming fall 2019. Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris ReviewGulf Coast, Granta, Harper'sBOMB, and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, among others. For 2019, she is Writer-in-Residence at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

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