September 30, 2008

So to Speak Contests: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction

So to Speak, a literary journal founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, is currently holding contests in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline: October 15, 2008), Poetry (Deadline: October 15, 2008), and Fiction (Deadline: March 15, 2009). 

We are looking for work that addresses issues of significance to women's lives and movements for women's equality and are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender. Please see the details below or visit us on the web for more information:

Contest details:

Deadline: October 15, 2008
Judge: E.J. Levy

We publish creative essays including memoirs, vignettes, and profile pieces. Submit two copies of your manuscript: one with your name and contact information and one without. Manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words;...

September 28, 2008

We're in the home stretch for the Gatewood Prize submission period... The postmark deadline is October 1, 2008!

Remember: this year Switchback is also accepting e-submissions, so really there's plenty of time left to enter your manuscript.

To review our e-submissions policy (and general contest instructions), click here .

Good luck!!

September 24, 2008

On Saturday, September 13, Switchback Books hosted a Feminist Presses roundtable as part of Lifting Belly High: A Conference of Women’s Poetry Since 1900 with representatives from 13th Moon Press, Belladonna* Books, Fence Books, Kelsey Street Press, Paris Press, and Perugia Press. Participants read statements and discussed what it means to call a press “feminist,” and how that term is affected by history (from the 1970s to the 2000s), culture (motivations and philosophies from the second wave, third wave, and beyond), and the publishing market (how do the categories of “feminist” and “women” affect marketing and sales?).

Rachel Levitsky and Erica Kaufman explained that reading series and publishing outlet Belladonna* is “a pursuit based in desire,” not out of a impulse to rectify “essentializing or separatism or marginalization.” Poet Diane Gilliam read a statement by Perugia editor-in-chief Susan Kan, and talked about the positive experience of publishing with a small, woman-edited pre...

September 22, 2008

The Voting Woman:

Women's Issues and the 2008 Election

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Panel Discussion at 6 PM
Networking Reception at 8 PM

Light refreshments will be served

525 S. State Street
Lake Room at University Center
Roosevelt University

Sponsored by: 

The Younger Women's Task Force-Chicago Chapter
The American Association of University Women
Chicago Foundation for Women
International Visitors Center of Chicago
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Between Friends
Planned Parenthood
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network Chicago Women in Philanthropy
Rape Victim Advocates
Radio Arte
Roosevelt University Office of Institutional Advancement

September 19, 2008

Jezebel is drawing up a grrrlicious (albeit poetry-less) reading list

September 19, 2008

The city of Chicago has been taking steps to try and find ways to support its publishers and encourage new ones... The Chicago Publishers Gallery is one of hopefully many! Come show your support! Click image below to enlarge for details.

September 17, 2008

to Julie Enszer for her response to the Feminist Presses roundtable!

September 16, 2008

Editor Becca Klaver is featured all week long over at No Tell Motel.

September 11, 2008

Hope to see some of you on Saturday at the Lifting Belly High Feminist Presses roundtable!


  • Hanna Andrews, Brandi Homan, Becca Klaver, and Melissa Severin, Switchback Books

  • Erica Kaufman and Rachel Levitsky, Belladonna Books

  • Jan Freeman, Paris Press

  • Diane Gilliam, Perugia Press

  • Judy Johnson, 13th Moon Press

  • Rebecca Wolff, Fence Books

  • With statements from Kelsey St., dancing girl, and others.


Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women’s Poetry Since 1900 
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, September 13, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Conference details and schedule (PDF)

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