The Gatewood Prize
The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first
or second full-length (4880 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing
in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first
woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
2013 Judge: Eileen Myles
Reading Period: March 1 to June 1, 2013
Eileen Myles was born in Boston (1949) and moved to New York in 1974 to
be a poet. Snowflake/different streets (poems, 2012) is the latest of
her 18 books. Inferno (a poet's novel) came out in 2010. For The
Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art she received a Warhol
Creative Capital grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded
Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a Prof. Emeritus of Writing at UC San
Diego. She's a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.
Poet must be a woman; our definition of "woman" is broad and includes
transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified
Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover and fee.
You must 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.
Manuscripts by close friends and former students of the judge are
ineligible. If the judge would recognize your manuscript for any reason,
please wait until next year to enter the contest.
Co-written collections are eligible provided both poets meet all eligibility requirements.
Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously
in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the
collection as a whole must be unpublished.
Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected. Please remove
any identifying references from your manuscript (including those in the
body of the manuscript).
Only include cover letters in the appropriate box in the online form; do
not upload a cover letter as the first page of your manuscript.
Switchback Books editors will consider individual poems within each
manuscript for publication in a new, online web series, with permission
of the poet. Please include a list of acknowledgments in the cover
letter box on the online form to facilitate the editors' consideration
for the web series. Do not include your acknowledgments in the
Switchback editors and staff members will read all submissions. We will
select ten manuscripts to send on to the judge, who will choose the
Entries that do not meet these terms may be disqualified. Please email Managing Editor Colleen O'Connor at colleenATswitchbackbooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) with any questions.
Manuscripts should be between 48 and 80 pages, paginated.
Please include a cover page with ONLY the title of the manuscript.
Please include a list of acknowledgments in the cover letter box on the
Submittable form. Do not include your acknowledgments in the manuscript
Table of contents recommended.
You will be notified of your submission status via email. Winners and
finalists will be announced on our blog and website in the fall.
Option 1: $20 for reading fee only
Option 2: $28 for reading fee and a book of your choice from our catalog
(excluding limited edition FOUR). Please specify which book you would
like to receive in the cover letter on the Submittable form; if you do
not specify, we will send you a book of our choosing. To ensure a timely
delivery, be sure that your mailing address is up-to-date in the
All payments will be accepted via Submittable. We do not accept cash, checks, or money orders.
Please visit our page at Submittable to submit your manuscript:
Manuscripts will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2013.