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BOMB’s Biennial Poetry Contest


Sunday, May 15, 2016



Entry Fees

$20. Includes a free one-year subscription to BOMB to all US entrants.


Winner receives $1,000 and publication in BOMB Magazine.


Founded in 1981, BOMB has championed and encouraged the literary efforts of both established and emerging writers for more than a quarter century.

This year, our poetry contest returns with special guest judge Bhanu Kapil. She is a British-Indian emigrant to the United States and the author of five full-length works of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (2006),humanimal [a project for future children] (2009), Schizophrene (2011), and Ban en Banlieue(2015).

Previous contest winners have included Daniel Poppick, Steve Dickison, Amanda Auchter, J.R. Thelin, and Matthew Reeck.

Submission Guidelines
-Winner receives $1,000 and publication in BOMB Magazine.
-Submission period: March 31-May 15, 2016.
-Reading fee: $20. Includes a free one-year subscription to BOMB to all U.S. entrants.
-No more than 5 poems and no more than 10 pages per entry fee.
-Include a cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, and title of poems. Do not write a name on the actual manuscript as all entries will be considered anonymously.
-Non-anonymous manuscripts will be immediately disqualified.
-Simultaneous submissions permitted, but fee is not transferable.
-Poems must be previously unpublished.
-Poems must be uploaded via Submittable.
-Email [email protected] with any questions.
-The winner will be announced on July 31, 2016.

Contact Information

Email [email protected] with any questions.


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