Gulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. This support takes many forms, including offering editorial guidance, exposing new work to the widest possible audience, and providing competitive honorariums for that work. We believe this financial support is vital to maintaining a vibrant literary culture. To this end, Gulf Coast has instituted a small reading fee ($2.50) for regular submissions, 100% of which will go toward increasing the honorariums for the authors whose work we publish in the journal and on the website. Gulf Coast is now able to pay $50 per page for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We thank you for your support of the authors who make Gulf Coast possible.
Gulf Coast reads general submissions, submitted through the online submissions manager, from September 1 through March 1.
We do not accept general submissions via e-mail or post. Please visit our contest page for contest submission guidelines.
If you are already familiar with Gulf Coast's general submission guidelines, click here to proceed with Submittable. Otherwise, please read the details below.
Submit only previously unpublished works. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us promptly if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
Multiple submissions in the same genre are not accepted and will not be read or responded to. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.
Stories and essays should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages. We rarely publish submissions of more than 7,000 words.
Poems (up to 5 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page. To withdraw individual poems, please leave a note in the online submissions manager.
Interviews and Reviews of literary collections or anthologies: Gulf Coast typically commissions book reviews, but unsolicited reviews are accepted and occasionally published. Single-book reviews should be no longer than four pages. We are particularly interested in reviews of first or second books. Interviews should not exceed twelve pages. All reviews and interviews should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages.
Christian Bancroft (email@example.com) is our Reviews and Interviews Editor.
Art and Critical Art Writing: Gulf Coast is now accepting submissions of critical art writing.
For all other work, including proposals for commissioned work (translations, reportage, travel writing, etc) and graphic storytelling and visual narratives that are too large for upload in the online submissions manager, please query the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stories and essays (up to three per submission, no more than 1,200 words per piece) should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages. We are less likely to accept submissions of more than 1,200 words.
Poems (up to 5 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page.
Translations of poetry (up to 5 poems per submission) and prose (up to three pieces per submission, less than 1,200 words per each piece) should include a brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. For poetry, we encourage authors to include the departing language in their submission.
Gulf Coast Blogger in Residence Program: please query the Editor at email@example.com. Include a CV/resume, including online publication or blogging credits, and a brief proposal indicating how your blogging will contribute to the literary and nonprofit community.