CRWROPPS Post: Gatewood Prize Call for Submissions

Prageeta Sharma is the author of the poetry collections Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019), Undergloom (Fence Books, 2013), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004), which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Bliss to Fill (Subpress, 2000). She is the founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art. A recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, she has taught at the University of Montana and now teaches at Pomona College.
What's New at Switchback:
  • We're accepting submissions for the Gatewood Prize until March 31st! You can read our guidelines below and submit your manuscripts through Submittable. We're excited to read your work!
  • You can now pre-order our two Spring 2020 releases: Adelante by Jessica Guzman, winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize, and Slope Move by Hanna Andrews. Visit our website to place your order and be among the first to receive your copy in March!
  • Catch our authors in San Antonio at and around the 2020 AWP Conference! We'll be hosting author signings at table T1237 throughout the conference, and co-hosting a reading with Ricochet Editions and Jellyfish Magazine on Thursday, March 5th at 7 pm at Soho Wine and Martini Bar. You can also visit us and support independent presses off-site at Whale Prom on Saturday, March 7th. Follow our social media feeds and the official conference program for more info.

Gatewood Prize Eligibility Requirements
  • Our definition of "woman" includes all women, including transgender and all other female-identified individuals.
  • Writers must have no more than one previous collection of poems (48 pages or longer) published or under contract. Chapbooks, broadsides, and other shorter publications do not affect eligibility.
  • Manuscripts by close friends and former students of the judge or editors are ineligible. If the judge or editors would recognize your manuscript for any reason, please do not enter the contest.
  • Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.​
  • Co-written collections are eligible provided both poets meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Translations ineligible.
  • Entries that do not meet these terms may be disqualified. Please email with any questions.
Manuscript Requirements
  • Manuscripts should be between 48 and 80 pages, paginated.
  • Please remove any identifying references from your manuscript (including those in the body of the manuscript).
  • Please include a cover letter with a one-paragraph bio and list of acknowledgments in the cover letter box on Submittable; do not upload a cover letter as the first page of your manuscript and do not include your acknowledgments in the manuscript document.
  • Table of contents recommended.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover and fee.
  • No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication.
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Check out our existing catalog of work by writers including Marisa Crawford, Crystal Curry, Jenn Marie Nunes, Morgan Parker, Jennifer Tamayo, and many more!


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