Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us
your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided
by our editors will be featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can
be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or
under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only
previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but
please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your
name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself.
The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month.
The May prompt is: “It’s a lot easier to say when something ended
rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a
mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into
thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet
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