Thank you for your interest in submitting your manuscript
to the 17th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize!
The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet's first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation.
- Book publication by BOA Editions in spring
- $1,000 honorarium
Period: August 1 – November 30, 2017
*Please note that submission fees allow us to offer a $1,000 honorarium and also to offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning collection. As a non-profit literary publishing house, we understand that submission fees can be difficult to accommodate. Please know that 100% of your fee will go toward supporting the publication of an excellent poetry collection and to supporting BOA’s mission to bring the highest quality literature into the world. All submissions will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered for this prestigious prize. Thank you for your understanding.
- Submissions are invited only through Submittable or post mail. We do
not have the staff capacity to read or respond to manuscripts that are
submitted by email.
- Submit one copy of the manuscript and the $25
entry fee between August 1 and November 30, 2017.
- Entrants must be a U.S. citizen, a legal
resident of the U.S., or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)
status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or Legal Permanent Status (LPS).
- Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
- Only manuscripts by poets who have yet to publish a full-length book collection of poetry will be considered.
- Translations and collaborative manuscripts are not
- Individual poems from
the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals,
anthologies, chapbooks, or self-published books, but must be submitted in
manuscript form. Any published books of poetry disqualify contestants from
entering this contest, though books published in other genres do not.
- Employees, volunteers, and board members of
BOA Editions, Ltd., or their partners, spouses, or immediate families, are not
eligible to submit.
- Per the Publishing
Contest Ethics, as advanced by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
(CLMP), any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with the Final
Judge—through a college, university, community program, residency, or
private tutorial, within the last two years—is not eligible to submit a
manuscript to this contest.
- Authors of BOA titles in other genres and
translators who have been under contract with BOA are not eligible to submit.
- Minimum of 48 pages; maximum of 100 pages
- At least 11pt. font
- Name, address, telephone number, and email
address must appear on the title or cover page of the manuscript.
- Do not send artwork or photographs.
- Paginated consecutively with a table of
- Attach publication acknowledgments, if any.
- Neither late nor early manuscripts will be
- Contestants may submit the manuscript
elsewhere simultaneously, but must notify BOA Editions immediately if a
manuscript is accepted by another publisher.
- Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be
altered. The winner will be given the opportunity to revise before publication.
- Contestants may submit more than one
manuscript, but a separate entry fee and entry form must accompany each
Answers to FAQs:
- The winner will be announced in spring 2018.
- The winning manuscript will be published in
spring 2019, in an original paperback edition and an e-book edition of the the New Poets of America Series.
- The winner will retain full copyright of
- The honorarium will be awarded in two parts: one part upon receiving a signed contract, the second part upon publication.
submissions can also be sent by post mail. Please visit BOA's website for
complete mailing guidelines.