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The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books‘ annual competition for a first or second full-length (48–80 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.
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.
Entries that do not meet these terms may be disqualified. Please email Managing Editor Colleen O’Connor at email@example.com with any questions.
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 Submittable system.
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