Kristin Aardsma is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in RHINO, the Chicago Tribune and the Columbia Poetry Review. She was a 2005 Bucknell Summer Seminar fellow. Kristin enjoys binding books and gambling.
For a first full-length collection of poems by a woman writing in English between the ages of 18 and 39
Switchback Books editors will select at least 10 finalists and a judge will select the prizewinner, who will be recognized with a cash prize of $1000 and publication by Switchback Books.
Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected.
• Poet must be a woman between the ages of 18 and 39
• Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible
• Entry fee of $20 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Switchback Books. Fee entitles entrant to a copy of the winning book. Please enclose a self-addressed 8 x 10 envelope with $1.42 postage to receive a copy
• Multiple manuscript submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under a separate cover, with a separate entry fee
• Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please let us know immediately if you...
Women poets, for the first time in history, have a deep and
wide female literary tradition from which to draw. Switchback
Books seeks to advance some of the best writing emerging from
our unique cultural moment. As the fortunate inheritors of the
social, psychological, and linguistic spaces carved out by the
artists and activists who have come before us, we seek to
honor those visions and achievements while at the same time
celebrating the multiplicity of voices that continue to emerge
in women’s poetry.
One of these visions has been left to us by Virginia Woolf, who
concluded A Room of One’s Own with the following passage:
For my belief is that if we live another century or so […] and have five
hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of
freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think; […] if we face
the fact, for it is a fact, that there is no arm to cling to, but that we go
alone and that our relation is to the world of reality and n...
Brandi Homan has over 40 poems in or forthcoming from magazines like Salt Hill, North American Review, The Eleventh Muse, CutBank, Natural Bridge, DIAGRAM, and Fugue, among others. She earned her MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is working toward her MFA at Columbia College. Currently, she is revising her book-length manuscript, The Valentine Factory.