SUBMISSIONS FOR ALL GENRES ARE NOW CLOSED (EXCEPT for NON-FICTION)!!! 


We are in crunch time of the semester as well as in the midst of getting through the submissions currently populating our queue and reading and selecting a winner for our "Your Outrage" Contest that just wrapped up. Thank you for your interest in Switchback and to all of you who submitted for the contest. We will be opening submissions back up at some point this summer. In the meantime be on the lookout for our revamped website that will give our magazine a nice facelift and bring us into 2017. 
About Us

  • Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. We have recently changed our publication schedule from producing two issues a year to releasing new material throughout all twelve months. Submissions will remain open!
General Guidelines

  1. We only consider previously unpublished works. No exceptions. Thank you.
  2. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service. You can submit your work to us through Submittable. If you run into any technical difficulties in uploading your submission, please contact us at submissions@swback.com
  3. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you’re exclusively submitting work to us, we appreciate the thought.
  4. If you’re submitting prose, please limit your submission to one story or essay at a time. And make sure your work clocks in at or under 7500 words. We won't consider any prose pieces over 7500 words. Period. Sorry, but dem's the breaks.
  5. If you’re submitting poetry, please submit to us no more than three poems. We like things in threes: Olympic medals, wishes, Cerberus heads, jazz ensembles. We don’t like things in fours, except when it comes to lists of things in threes.
  6. Before submitting, please read some of our back issues to familiarize yourself with the content we choose to publish. It's all readily available on our Web site (completely free and immediate), so there's really no reason not to.
Ends on December 29, 2017
Please submit completed nonfiction essays on any topic. We'll read any true story.