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 2018 poetry contest is now open for submissions.

We encourage submissions of adventurous work that push the boundaries of form or content in some way. Our submission period is open twice a year from June 1st through June 30th and again from December 1 through December 31st. 

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.

Ends on May 6, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Submissions are now open for this year's poetry contest, judged by Dawn Lundy MartinThe poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist is the author of four books of poems, most recently Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017). Martin is a professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and a writer-in-residence at Bard College. 

This year's winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB’s literary supplement, First Proof. 

Previous contest winners include Marwa HelalDaniel Poppick, and Steve Dickison 

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts may contain no more than 5 poems and no more than 10 pages.
  • Submission period: March 7–May 6, 2018.
  • Reading fee: $20. Includes a one-year subscription to BOMB for all US entrants.
  • All submissions will be read anonymously. Authors should include a cover letter with name, address, email, and titles of poems. Do not include author name on manuscript pages. Non-anonymous manuscripts will be disqualified.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but fee is not transferable.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work must be uploaded via Submittable.
  • The winner will be announced on July 31, 2018.
Please feel free to email firstproof@bombsite.com with any questions.