hanks to generous funding from the Open Meadows Foundation, Switchback launches our first ever contest for a full-length poetry manuscript by a queer-identified woman writer on January 1, 2014. Update 1/1/14: The 2014 Queer Voices Contest is now open!Find guidelines and submit via Submittable.
Over the past seven years, Switchback Books has published nine (soon to be ten!) books by women poets, many of whom are winners of our annual Gatewood Prize.
While we are proud of the gaps Switchback Books fills in the broader landscape of the publishing industry, we’ve noticed different gaps appearing. As a result, we feel compelled to more broadly reflect the diverse range of women’s experiences.
Switchback Books developed out of a disappointment in the way publishers failed to address inequity in their own catalogs. We’ve developed our 2014 Queer Voices Contest to avoid that same misstep within the world of women’s poetry, and to solidify our feminist mission. In a landscape where a trans...