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2023 Gatewood Prize Announcement

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the results of the 2023 Gatewood Prize. The winner is "earthwork" by Jill Khoury, selected by judge Cynthia Arrieu-King. Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to this year’s contest. We are honored to read your work.

Congratulations also to our finalists , selected by the editors:


  • "Dramedy" by Diana Keren Lee

  • "Live Oak Nearly on Fire" by Leah Claire Kaminski

  • "Singing Ground" by Samantha DeFlitch

  • "The Miracle of the Setting Sun" by Sher Ting

  • "Emotion Industry" by Tracy Dimond

  • "The Only Home" by Viola Lee

  • "Show Me the Bells" by Xochiquetzal Candelaria

About the Author:

Jill Khoury is a disabled poet who has taught poetry in high school, university, and enrichment settings. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Copper Nickel, CALYX, diode, and South Dakota Review. She has written two chapbooks—Borrowed Bodies (Pudding House) and Chance Operations (Paper Nautilus). Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released from Sundress Publications. Connect with her at


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