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.

BOMB is pleased to open its 2020 Poetry Contest, which will be judged by the acclaimed poet Simone White. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB Magazine’s print quarterly.

This year’s judge, Simone White, is the author of Dear Angel of Death (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018), Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem, 2016), and House Envy of All the World (Factory School, 2010) and of the poetry chapbooks Unrest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013) and, with Kim Thomas, Dolly (Q Ave, 2008). Her writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, e-flux journal, the Chicago Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts may contain no more than 5 poems and no more than 10 pages.
  • Submission period: March 4–May 3, 2020.
  • Reading fee: $20. Includes a one-year subscription to BOMB for all US entrants.
  • All submissions will be read anonymously. Do not include author name on manuscript pages. Non-anonymous manuscripts will be disqualified.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but the fee is not transferable.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work must be uploaded via Submittable.
  • The winner will be announced on July 31, 2020.

Each year, BOMB hosts a literary contest to recognize the work of an exceptional writer (alternating annually between fiction and poetry), selected by a distinguished guest judge. Previous contest winners include Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Marwa Helal, and Daniel Poppick.

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