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BOMB’s 2024 Poetry Contest (Deadline: April 15)

Monica Youn will judge BOMB Magazine’s biennial poetry contest. Youn—whose most recent collection, From From, was a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award—will select one winner to receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB’s quarterly magazine. The winner and finalists will be announced in July 2024.

How to Submit to the Contest

  • Submission period: March 1–April 15, 2024 (at 11:59 pm ET).
  • Manuscripts may contain no more than five poems and no more than ten pages.
  • Work must be uploaded via Submittable, which will be active on March 1. Subscribe to BOMB’s newsletter to be notified.
  • All entries will be considered anonymously. Do not include your name on manuscript pages. Non-anonymous manuscripts will be disqualified.
  • Reading Fee: $30. Includes a yearlong print subscription to BOMB for US entrants (a $60 value). All non-US entrants will receive a digital-only subscription. All new subscriptions begin with BOMB’s summer issue, arriving on newsstands June 15. Current subscribers to BOMB will receive details on discounted entry via email.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as you notify BOMB if your piece is accepted elsewhere, but the fee is nonrefundable.

Email with any questions. 

Learn more and submit here.

About the Guest Judge

Monica Youn is the author of From From, a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award, and three previous poetry collections: Blackacre, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Barter, and Ignatz, also a finalist for the National Book Award. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she is a member of the Racial Imaginary Institute and teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

You can read Youn’s interview and two poems from her collection From From in BOMB’s Winter 2023 issue.