March 3, 2020

If you'll be in San Antonio at AWP this week, please come by and see us at table 1237! We'll be hosting signings on Thursday and Friday, and a reading with Octopus, Jellyfish, and Ricochet on Thursday, 3/5 from 7-9 p.m. at SoHo Wine and Martini Bar.

July 23, 2019

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the results of the 2019 Gatewood Prize. The winner is Adelante by Jessica Guzman, selected by judge Patricia Smith.

Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to this year’s contest. We are honored to read your work. Congratulations also to our finalists and semi-finalists, selected by the editors:


Marina Blitshteyn, "A Conversion”
Kelly Caldwell, “Letters to Forget”
Naomi Extra, “Ratchet Supreme”
Jordan Franklin, “When the Signals Come Home"
Gloria Muñoz, “Dawn’s Early”
Ines Pujos, “Lilly the Valley”
Nichole Riggs, “Lumes”
Mary Wilson, “Let’s Have Both”
Emma Winsor Wood, “Preferred Internal Landscape”


Julie Choffel, “At/Home”
C.R. Grimmer, “The Lyme Letters”
Alexis Jackson, “My Sister’s Country”
Safia Jama, “My Brother’s Menagerie"

Judge Patricia Smith's remarks on Adelante:

Adelante is unerringly fresh and restless, a treasure of deftly-honed narratives that manage to be both unleashed and enviably controll...

March 26, 2019

Fear not, dawdlers! We are extending the submission period for the 2019 Gatewood Prize by one week. We will now be accepting manuscripts through April 7th. You can submit your manuscripts through Submittable here, or read more about the contest guidelines and our esteemed judge Patricia Smith. 

If you'll be in Portland at AWP this week, please come by and see us at table T13096! We'll be hosting signings throughout the week, and a reading with Counterpath on Friday, 3/29 from 7-9 pm at Strum, 1415 SE Stark St. #C.

January 14, 2019

We're now open for pre-orders for our two new titles, Kristen Case's Principles of Economics and Irène Mathieu's Grand Marronage, which will launch at AWP 2019 in March. Order now to receive your copies of both titles as soon as they become available!

July 24, 2018

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of two books of poetry.

Principles of Economics by Kristen Case is the winner of the 2017 Gatewood Prize, selected by judge Heather Christle. The contest runner-up, Grand Marronage by Irène Mathieu, will be published as an Editor’s Choice selection.

Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to this year’s contest. We are honored to read your work. Congratulations also to our finalists and semi-finalists, selected by the editors: 

Nikia Chaney, akhi
Ines Pujos, Lilly of the Valley
Gale Thompson, Expeditions to the Polar Seas
Laura Wetherington, Parallel Resting Places

Isabel Sobral Campos, Surrogate Language
Liz Chereskin, weather/report
Stella Corso, TEDIUM
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, The Many Names for Mother
Caridad Moro, Tortillera
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, So I Waited
Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Sticks

Judge Heather Christle’s remarks on Principles of Economics

Principles of Econom...

March 1, 2018

We are so grateful for the amazing manuscripts we've already received for the Gatewood Prize this year, and we are excited to extend the opportunity to send in your work just a little longer. The Gatewood Prize will continue accepting submissions through March 15th this year. You can find more information about the contest guidelines and a link to our Submittable site over on our Guidelines page. 

November 7, 2016

*We couldn't be more excited to make this announcement!* Switchback Books will be publishing Marisa Crawford's second collection of poems, REVERSIBLE, in early 2017.

The dream of the '90s is alive in REVERSIBLE, where the coping mechanisms for surviving the complexities of teenage girl existence are bound up in episodes of My So-Called Life, Cranberries lyrics, and the intimacy of friendship. REVERSIBLE is also a temporal study--saturated in the past and confronting anxiety about future and its possibilities. Relics from adolescence accumulate throughout the collection and transcend their original purposes, creating a narrative about life before the internet, feminist identity, and the persistent messiness of selfhood.

If you haven't yet read Crawford's first collection of poems, The Haunted House, well, we're jealous that you get to experience it for the first time. Pick it up here!

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the...

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