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We are accepting submissions for the Coastal Bend Wellness Switchgrass Review Contest for 2017-2018. 

We thank each of you who submitted to our third contest, and we congratulate the winners of the 2016-17 Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation Switchgrass Review Contest!

Poetry First-Place Winner: Marcella Remund for "Evolution"
Poetry Finalist: José Angel Araguz for "The Things to Fight Against"  
Poetry Honorable Mention: Rossy Evelin Lima for "Welcome, mother" 
Fiction First-Place Winner: Malin Fontenot for "The Vastness of Infinity"
Fiction Finalist: Sarah McClung for "The Green Ray"
Fiction Honorable Mention: Casey Brown for "You Like to Party"
Creative Nonfiction First-Place Winner:  Enid Kassner for "Hollowed Out"
Creative Nonfiction Finalist: Joanna Eleftheirou for "Bronze Fear and Freedom's Bones"
Creative Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Kate E Lore for "See"

These writers are published in Vol. 3 of The Switchgrass Review.
Thank you to final judge, Odilia Galván Rodríguez.
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2017-2018 Switchgrass Contest Opens on May 24, 2017 and ends on June 25, 2017. 

We welcome submissions from writers in the U.S. and abroad for our fourth annual contest honoring women's health and history. $200.00 for the top prize in each genre and $50.00 for three finalists. 

Please send three to five of your best poems or your best fiction or creative non-fiction piece of no more than 13 pages in length. We welcome any subject matter related to issues of women’s health, history and empowerment. We understand women's health intersects with gender, race, class, disability, LGBTQI, the environment, and much more, so we welcome your explorations of these intersections.

We interpret broadly, and prefer unsentimental writing (no greeting card verse) that provokes, delights, disturbs, surprises. For creative nonfiction, we prefer shorter lyric essays. For fiction, we love modern realism, as well as sci-fi (think Jeanette Winterson's The Stone Gods), speculative, magical realism, and blended, hybrid. Send us your most excellent work. 

Guidelines: All submissions should be unpublished original work, typed in 12 pt font and double-spaced (poetry is single-spaced). Include a cover letter—brief bio of 50-90 words. 

For those who are financially able at this time, we ask for an entry fee of $10.00 for each contest entry of up to five poems, or for each fiction or non-fiction submission up to 13 pages.  If the fee is not manageable at this time, we welcome your submissions with no entry fee, via postal mail. (All of the fees are used to pay for prizes and cost of printing. The editors and staff do not receive any contest fee money. For us, this is a labor of love). Thank you for considering us!

Must be received by June 25, 2017. Please submit on our Submittable page. Keep scrolling to it below:

Or, postal mail:

Robin Carstensen, Editor of Switchgrass Review | C/O: Alison Johnson | CBWF Switchgrass Review Prize | Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation | 5633 South Staples Street | Corpus Christi, TX 78411


Winners and finalists will be published in CBWF’s annual Switchgrass Review and invited to read their work at the Islander Creative Writer's Fall Festival celebrating education, awareness, and advocacy of community health needs in the Coastal Bend region. All submissions will be considered for publication in Switchgrass. Contributors will receive one print copy of the journal and will be invited to the public reading at our Fall Festival in November 2017. Each issue is printed perfect bound. The journal is sold online and at local, regional, and national readings, festivals, and conferences. Switchgrass and our contributors will also be promoted through social media and writers' list-serves and forums.

The Switchgrass Review is a national literary journal of women’s health and history. We are published annually by the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (CBWF), in partnership with the English Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.


Queries? Contact us at: switchgrassreview@gmail.com

About the Senior Editor: Robin Carstensen’s poetry can be found in BorderSenses, Southern Humanities Review, a Demeter Press anthology: Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland, and many more. Her poetry manuscript, In the Temple of Shining Mercy, won Iron Horse Review’s chapbook competition and was published in Spring 2017. She is co-founding editor of the Switchgrass Review and also the senior editor of the Windward Review, an international journal celebrating South Texas. She teaches creative writing and coordinates the CW program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 

About the Art Editor/Web Designer: Manuel Garza is co-founder, art editor, website and journal designer. He owns Manuel Garza Creative Graphic Designs: manuelgarza.com.  Manuel is also a certified Zumba instructor, Yoga instructor, Kundalini Yoga instructor, and creator of Aqua Kundalini Yoga and Enlightened Body Chi.