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.
General Terms: • 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 your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration • No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication • Translations ineligible
Manuscript Requirements: • Between 48 and 80 pages, paginated • Bound with a removable clip and nothing more • Include two cover pages: one with title of the manuscript only, the other with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number and email address • No other cover letter necessary • No acknowledgements page • Anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript itself)
Notification: • Enclose an SAS-postcard for confirmation of receipt of manuscript • Enclose an SASE for notification of winner • Do not enclose an SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at end of contest term • International submissions must include US postage; IRCs will not be honored. Go to www.usps.com to purchase US postage • TELL US IF YOU MOVE. Send new address to: email@example.com • Results will also be posted on Switchback Books Web site February 1, 2007
Deadline: Envelope must be postmarked on or before September 1, 2006.
Mail manuscript and entry fee to: Switchback Books, PO Box 478868, Chicago, IL 60647