SUBMISSIONS FOR ALL GENRES ARE NOW OPEN!!!
The fall semester is back in session and that means we are opening back up for business to receive your submissions. From now until the holidays we will once again be accepting pieces of fiction and poetry in addition to non-fiction submissions.
- 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!
- We only consider previously unpublished works. No exceptions. Thank you.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- If you’re submitting prose, please limit your submission to one story or essay at a time. Stories and essays should be no more than 4,500 words, but we prefer pieces closer to 3,500 words. We won't consider any prose pieces that go over the word count. Period. Sorry, but dem's the breaks.
- 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.
- 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.
The theme is your monster. We’re looking for well-crafted poems, short stories, and essays that explore all aspects of the word monster. Tell us about the skeletons in your closet, the eyes gleaming under your bed, the things you regret. Sometimes the worst things about ourselves are the most relatable. Show us something dark, honest, and real. Show us your monster.
The winner will receive $500 and publication in our online journal.
All entries must be submitted by Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 PM PST. General submissions to Switchback will remain open after that date.
$5 per submission.
In order to be eligible for the contest, writers must both submit their work on Submittable AND follow the link below to pay the required $5 entry fee. Both MUST be done in order to be considered for the prize.
PAY $5 ENTRY FEE HERE: https://commerce.cashnet.com/usfcaSLM
Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submission requires its own entry fee. All entries will also be considered for publication in our online journal. General submissions to Switchback are free, but those submissions will not be considered for the contest’s prize.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS:
The winner will be contacted directly one week prior to public announcement on our website.
The contest is open to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Entries must not have appeared previously
in print or online. All submissions must be fewer than 3,000 words. As the contest will be judged by the Switchback editorial staff, writers affiliated with Switchback editors and their family members,
are ineligible. Current University of San Francisco faculty, staff, and
students are also ineligible. Prize money may be
subject to tax withholding.