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...

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