Monday, April 11, 2011


Hi All,

I've been working with Switchback for almost two years, and they're having their annual competition, The Gatewood Prize, for a first or second-length collection of poems by a woman writing in English.

If you're looking for a home for your first or second book, please consider submitting.

SB puts out beautiful books by brilliant writers. And, having judged the contest last year, I can tell you, it's an absolutely dead honest and ethical judging process. Anonymous as they come and extremely deliberated and thoughtful in consideration.

I've seen that a number of our finalists (thankfully) have had their books picked up by other great presses this year, so the manuscripts we're seeing are of amazing quality and diversity.



The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

2011 JUDGE: Harryette Mullen

READING PERIOD: April 1-June 1, 2011

HARRYETTE MULLEN's most recent books are Recyclopedia (Graywolf Press, 2006) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California Press, 2002), a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mullen was the 2009 recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Fellowship Award. She teaches African American literature and creative writing in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Please visit our website for more information and guidelines.

Download our contest flyer.

Thank you!

Hanna Andrews & Becca Klaver, Editors
Whitney Holmes, Managing Editor
Dolly Lemke, Assistant Editor
Brandi Homan, Board President

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