Ends on May 6, 2018

$20.00 USD

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  • Work must be previously unpublished.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.
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