WINNER of the Bateau 2019/2020 BOOM Chapbook Contest

Derek Berry’s Buggery

 BUGGERY investigates queer desire, loneliness, & joy in the rural south. Buggery is a coming out, a celebration, and a reckoning, with poems about the messiness of pleasure, mothman, St. Sebastian, queer ANGER, cruising, sloppy want, sadness, and the sugar crash of heartbreak. Inventive & exuberant, Derek’s work strikes a tightrope balance between exploring desire & death, a political & fierce & filthy shudder of poems.

 Praise for Derek Berry’s Buggery:

Derek Berry’s Buggery haunts— and is haunted by— the rural south. These are poems graceful and violent, aching and unbowed… hard to peg as light shifting through cypress groves.”  —Adam Houle, author of Stray

 “The evolution of Derek Berry’s poetry has been a revelation in recent years. The poet writes here about sexuality and queerness with a fresh, unmitigated voice, proven to be one of Carolina’s best and most enduring. All of us become more enlightened as Derek follows this fearless poetic path”                — Len Lawson, author of Chime



Derek Berry is a writer, teaching artist, and literary organizer. They are the author of the novel Heathens & Liars of Lickskillet County, as well as two previous poetry chapbooks Skinny Dipping with Strangers and Glitter Husk. Derek is the co-founder of the literary non-profit The Unspoken, which provides accessible and innovative literary programming throughout Charleston County. They also work with Contribute Your Verse, a creative consulting agency, and host the Contribute Your Verse podcast. They live in Aiken, South Carolina, where they work during the day in a historic curation facility. They eat too much pasta & like to catch ghost Pokémon.

((Buggery will be published on March 5th, 2020.  All preorders will ship out after that date))


Finalists 2019/2020 Boom Chapbook Competition

Depressed on Sundays by Howie Good

Alien Epistles by Amie Whittemore

Pretty Things by Jane Lewty

The Young-Girl by Rachael Arrighi

The Day I Quit Western Art Music: First-Hand Accounts of the Performance & Pedagogy of Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5 by Clare Harmon

Child-not-yet by Megan Merchant

Buggery by Derek J Berry

John Brown Is In the Trees by Andy Powell

Gourd Full of Bees by Eileen Rush

Autobiodegraded by James D’Agostino

The Errant Knight by Katie Quinnelly


Kola Superdeep Borehole by Joe Fletcher has won the 2018 BOOM Chapbook contest.

We had a whole bunch of amazing manuscripts to read this time round and Joe’s was the one that kept rising to the top.  Look for the handsewn, letterpress chapbooks at AWP 2019 and beyond.  Congratulations, Joe!  And thank you to everyone for supporting Bateau this year & over the last 15 years!
to order a copy of the chapbook, go HERE
for more on Joe, go HERE.
for more on boreholes, go HERE.


holy smokes peoples. we got us a good group this year. thanks to everyone who submitted, asked a question, allowed us to read their work, said hello, or cursed at us from a passing car.  there were some amazing manuscripts this year. and although we can only publish one, we can’t do what we do without all of you.


Nadia Wolnisty JUICE
Christine Taylor THE QUEEN CITY
Rae Gouirand JINX
Sarah Bates TENDER
Salvatore Difalco STORIETTES
Francesco Grisanzio DARLING EGG

Bateau and Warren Oates are proud of you.  thanks, everyone, for hanging out with us.  ox


((((the fee is back to $14.  thanks to everyone who celebrated / saved some money / loved us up.))))
BATEAU HAS A HOME!!!!  After living out of boxes for the last 5 years, we have a place to put stuff, with shelves, and it might even be heated.  We’re calling it our Bateauome (Bateau + Home = Bateauome).  To celebrate, for one week only:  October 1st – October 8th @ 6 pm EST, entries to the BOOM Chapbook contest will be $9.  That is an incredible savings of massive proportions somewhere between 35-40% probably.  All entries will be considered for the contest and all will receive a copy of the winning chap (or any chap in our catalogue).  BATEAUOME, SWEET BATEAUOME!    Thanks for hanging with us.  Click here to go to our contest page.

Bateau 2017 KEEL Chapbook Winner is here!

((Order Grief Is the Only Thing that Flies by clicking HERE))

Bateau is happy to announce the winner of the 2017 KEEL Chapbook Contest:  Grief is the Only Thing that Flies by Laura Wetherington.
Final judge, Arielle Greenberg, loved all the manuscripts but she felt Grief “was the one that felt most urgent, most engaged in the current political moment, most in conversation with a larger community… I really loved it a lot.
Grief is the Only Thing that Flies will be published by Bateau Press in March of 2018.

Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She’s a feature writer for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a reviewer at Full Stop, and the poetry editor at Baobab Press. Laura co-edits with Hannah Ensor and teaches in Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA program.


Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts.  We had over two hundred entries, a whole lot of good writing, and a crazy debate over who the finalists would be.  Thank you all for hanging out with us!
Here are the 2017 KEEL Chapbook Finalists:
Grief is the Only Thing that Flies   Laura Wetherington
Panic Dance   Tara Roeder
Coma of the Comet   Caroline Cabrera
 Sparrow Pie   Katie Quinnelly
The Parachutist   Joe Fletcher
Dreambreath   Kate Haake
Premium Brawn   Spencer Silverthorne
No Good for Digging   Dustin Hoffman
Paris By Night   Kevin Tosca

Bateau is overjoyed to get this monster off of our InDesign and into the world.  Really strong writing and visuals make it our favorite issue yet.  Dig In.


December 11, 2016

Bateau 2016 Boom Chapbook Winner is here!

photo credit: Maceo Senna

Not so dear Jenny by Jennifer Tseng

All of the manuscripts that came our way were read by at least three editors and Mahoney. The finalists were chosen by the entire editorial staff. Out of the thirteen finalists, we all agreed Jennifer’s manuscript was the one for us this year. It is strong, smart, and wise: the holy trinity of great poetry! Not so dear Jenny will be unveiled at AWP 2017.
More about Jennifer:
Jennifer Tseng is the author of two award-winning poetry books The Man With My Face and Red Flower, White Flower which features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen. Her debut novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness was a finalist for the New England Book Award and the PEN Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction. She currently teaches for the Fine Arts Work Center’s summer program, FAWC’s online writing program 24PearlSt, and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.
Congratulations to Jennifer. Thanks you everyone who submitted a manuscript. And a special thank you to the editorial staff at Bateau Press for stepping up during their fall vacation.


December 2016

2016 BOOM

the finalists for the chapbook prize

Tara Roeder : all the tiny babies of my dreams
Heikki Huotari : You Will See Neutrinos (withdrawn by author)
Devon Wootten : Gimme the Pretty: Sonnets
C. T. McGaha : gutterboy rides again
Laura Wetherington : Sofar Ami
Mikko Harvey & Jake Bauer : Idaho Falls
Jennifer Tseng : Not so dear Jenny
James D’Agostino : Weathermanic
Eleanor Paynter : Atlantic
Bryce Emley : Terminating Physics [a reference guide]
Seema Yasmin : Spit.Swallow.Survive
Seema Yasmin : How to survive America and other disasters
Ruth Williams : Nursewifery
amazing contest….amazing manuscripts….bateau am grateful….bateau am hungry.

October 2016

Bateau 6.1, Our Newest Lit Mag, Is Here!

To preview and purchase issue please click Bateau Lit Mag

October 1, 2016

Chapbook Contest is swinging AND Arielle Greenberg is AMAZING!!!

Boom Poetry Chapbook Contest is sailing along.   To submit your MS go to the submissions guidelines link above or click here.   Deadline for submissions: November 30th, 2016.
Bateau Lit Mag 6.1 (the first issue of Bateau published in conjunction with College of the Atlantic) is here!   There will be a launch party at the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor on October 16th at 4 pm.  The amazing Arielle Greenberg will be the featured reader.
Meanwhile, we finally have back issues of Bateau up and available for viewing (via ISSUU).  Stroll over to the Bateau Lit Mag zone and take a peek of work we have published in the past…  Notice them sexy letterpress covers designed by Shelter Bookworks.   So damn pretty!

August 15th, 2016
Submissions to Bateau Press’ 2016 BOOM Poetry Chapbook Contest will be accepted August 15 through November 30, 2016….THAT MEANS NOW!!!!!
To submit your manuscript please go to the Submission Guidelines link above or just click here.
For a peek at what our chapbooks look like, check them out here.
All of our chapbooks are things of beauty.  They are all hand stitched, letterpressed works of art.  The covers are designed and printed by Amy Borezo of Shelter Bookworks.  The interiors are offset printed using soy inks and recycled paper.  The books are then all hand sewn by our editors.  We print 300 chapbooks and distribute ourselves through websites, friends, and like minded small bookstores.
We will debut the winning chapbook at AWP 2017 in Washington, D. C.