Bateau Lit Mag accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playlets, flash, comics and art!

submissions open: January 10, 2016

comic kraken

Kraken from MONSTER HUNTERS comic

The time has come to relaunch Bateau....CUZ YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD THING DOWN!!!! We are accepting submissions for Bateau Vol 6.1 Jan-June 2016. Submission for Boom Chapbook will begin in August 2016. Click on the "submit" button to go to the Bateau email address where you can send your work. Good Luck!


Welcome to the resurrection. Exhumation. What is it called when a ship is raised from the deep?

There are a lot of busted parts, but there is no fear: Riggings are being refitted, masts re-set, the old anchor after too many boomings is being replaced.

After languishing the past two years when gigantic storms and waves would not relent from smashing upon its docks, Bateau Press is moving onto new horizons and a safer harbor.

We, the folks over here, are delighted to announce that long-time friend and co-patriot, plus emeritus editor to the press, is taking over the helm, under the auspices of the College of the Atlantic, in great Bar Harbor, Maine.

His name is Daniel Mahoney. You may call him Admiral. Don’t mess with him. Unless you want to peruse, read, and submit work, and basically support us.

Bateau will be launching the annual BOOM chapbook poetry contest in August 2016 and The KEEL the following fall. The literary journal WILL be back up and running in ’16, starting where it left off, with Vol. 6.1. Call for submissions for BATEAU LIT MAG will begin on January 10, 2016! Get yourself to writing!

The same quality of letterpress that you expect from us will not be changed. And most of us will still be around to offer COA and Chief Ed. Mahoney whatever guidance necessary to keep us afloat.

It’s about time something was happening James. I know.

Keep Running with the Wind, and welcome to new currents. We know you will like the result.

James Grinwis Founding Editor


Bateau & College Of The Atlantic; A Future History Of Experimental Sailing

College of the Atlantic (COA) is a small liberal arts college located in Bar Harbor, Maine. The college was founded in 1969 by a group of educators looking to expand the boundaries of higher education. Ed Kaelber, the first president of COA, had this to say about the ethos of the school:

The term experimental college has much currency. It is unfortunate that we have to resort to this phrase; it should be a redundancy. Any college that is not constantly seeking new ways of doing things is only half alive. College of the Atlantic expects to be experimental in the best sense of the word. We will not be bound by tradition nor will we make the assumption that because something is different it is automatically better.

Looked at in this way, it makes sense for Bateau to partner with COA. We both share a passion for pushing at boundaries, being present in our work and for constantly making it new. These are values we prize as writers, students and editors; they will inform the decisions we make at Bateau.

As a contributing editor to Bateau since its inception, I have been able to see up-close the remarkable dedication of its founding editors: James Grinwis and Ashley Schaffer. Due to their investment, Bateau has a reputation as a place to find writing that matters. Not only has Bateau published outstanding work from across the literary spectrum, they have partnered with Shelter Bookworks to create really incredible works of art: Bateau is an object, an artifact, a thing of beauty. We intend to carry on these traditions.

James and Ashley will remain involved, offering their expertise as we learn the ropes of running the magazine and press. I can think of no better mentors for as we strive to carry Bateau forward.

On a personal note, I am bowled over by the trust and generosity they have shown in offering Bateau to myself and to these talented students. If I lived in Kansas I would have no idea what to do, but because I live on an island in Maine I fully understand the value of a well-made Bateau. Onward!

Daniel Mahoney Faculty Editor

it's spring.

get outside and read in natural light !!!

happy new year!

Thank you for all your support during our holiday sale

It's Here !!!

A Basic Guide finally exists.

Nick Sturm's A Basic Guide (winner of our Boom Chapbook Contest) is out now! Order it here and hold its beautiful cover and inner wisdom in a matter of days.

You can order A Basic Guide now! You can pre-order our Keel Winner, The Frogs are Incredibly Loud Here, now as well. It will be out within the next month or so!

Volume 5, Issue 1

Volume 5--Easing the gift.

With prints by Maya Bajak and illustrations by Matt Anderson.

news & events

a little hiatus

Keel Short Short Fiction Contest has now closed.

Catch us next year.

Keel Short Short Fiction Contest

submit now!!!

We'll be at the Juniper Festival !!!

in Amherst, MA this weekend

Bateau reading at AWP Chicago

come hear Chuck, Ryan, and Anna read their big, booming hearts out

Casual Insomniac by Chuck Carlise

Check out our newest chapbook.

Bateau 4.2 finally sees the light of day!

Get your copy of our small run letterpress literary beauty!

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