Thursday, October 31, 2013

Congrats to the 2013 Gatewood Prize Winner!

Switchback Books is thrilled announce the winner of our 2013 Gatewood Prize, chosen by our judge Eileen Myles:

Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA in poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, ILK Journal, Phantom Limb, and the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books. Additional poems from her first manuscript, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, are forthcoming from Coconut Poetry, Handsome Journal, Vinyl Poetry, and NOO Journal. She has appeared at KGB Bar’s Emerging Writers Reading Series, the Metro Rhythm Reading Series, EARSHOT, the Brooklyn Ladies Text-based Salon, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem fellow, she lives in Brooklyn with her dog Braeburn.

Learn more about Morgan at

Congratulations, Morgan! Welcome to the Switchback Family!

Thanks to everyone who submitted manuscripts to our contest. We are continuously thrilled by the high-quality material we get year after year. 

Congratulations also to our finalists and semifinalists, chosen by our editors:


Anyjar by Jaimie Gusman
A Game of Correspondence by Valeri Witte
there are boxes and there is wanting by Tessa Micaela Landreau-Grasmuck
Surge by Opal McCarthy 
The Lost Summer by Lisa Tallin
Dear Dear Advancer by Crystal Curry
(guns & butter) + (cocktails) by Montana Ray
Shiva, Again and Again by Vidhu Aggarwal
If You Love Error So Love Zero by Stephanie Anderson


Clarkston Street Polaroids by Stephanie Schlaifer
what the colorist stole from the sky by Jennifer Arcuni
Her 37th Year, An Index by Suzanne Scanlon
Nu Paltz (a guide) by Jenn Marie Nunes 

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