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2022 Gatewood Prize Announcement

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the results of the 2022 Gatewood Prize. The winner is "where was i again" by Olivia Muenz, selected by judge Julie Carr. 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:


  • "Domestic Exotics" by Minal Hajratwala

  • "earthwork" by Jill Khoury

  • "Dramedy" by Diana Lee

  • "night myths • • before the body" by Abi Pollokoff

  • "Slow Render" by Jessica Yuan

  • "Anthology of Wildflowers" by Valerie Vargas

About the Author:

Olivia Muenz is the author of chapbook Where Was I Again (Essay Press). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, where she received the Robert Penn Warren Thesis Award in prose and served as an editor for New Delta Review. A ‘22 Tin House Summer Workshop participant, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at LSU.


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