Gulf Coast's Reading Fee

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 print edition submissions, submitted by post or through the online submissions manager, from September 1 through March 1.

Gulf Coast reads submissions for Online Exclusives year-round.

Print edition submissions e-mailed directly to the editors, postmarked outside of the September 1 and March 1 period, or Online Exclusive submissions unaccompanied by the $2.50 reading fee will not be read or responded to. Please visit our contest page for contest submission guidelines.

If you are already familiar with Gulf Coast's general submission guidelines, please read the details below.

Submission Guidelines

Submit only previously unpublished works.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. One submission per genre is permitted. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting in the same genre again.

For the Print Edition:

Read our Masthead here if you intend to add a personalized greeting to your cover letter.

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 are unable to read 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.

Translations of poetry (up to 5 poems per submission) and prose (up to twenty pages double-spaced) 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. 

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.

Art and Critical Art Writing: Gulf Coast is now accepting submissions of critical art writing.

For all other work, including proposals for commissioned work (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 gulfcoastme@gmail.com.

For Online Exclusives:

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 gconlineeditor@gmail.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.

*Please note that we Gulf Coast Online Exclusives does not accept postal submissions.

Postal Submission

Gulf Coast prefers that you use Submittable. But if you need to submit via post, please note the following:

Specify genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, review, or interview) on the outside of your envelope and send submissions addressed to Fiction Editor, Nonfiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Review Editor, respectively. Submissions without a genre indicated on the envelope will be delayed in their processing.

Enclose a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope with your submission. We cannot respond to postal submissions without an SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned, and Gulf Coast cannot be held liable for lost or damaged manuscripts. Because of past complications, Gulf Coast no longer accepts International Reply Coupons; if you are submitting from outside the U.S., please use the online submission manager.

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Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction. The contest awards $1,500 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $250. All entries will be considered for publication and the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.


  • The 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction will be judged by Diane Roberts 
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Submit one essay (twenty-five, double-spaced pages max) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document.
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Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry. The contest awards $1,500 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $250. All entries will be considered for publication and the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast
  • The 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry will be judged by Cate Marvin
  • Submit up to five poems (ten pages max) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document.
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Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction. The contest awards $1,500 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $250. All entries will be considered for publication and the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.
  • The 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction will be judged by Chinelo Okparanta 
  • Submit one story (twenty-five double-spaced pages max) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document.
$2.50
Critical Art Writing 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 are unable to read submissions of more than 7,000 words.
$2.50
Stories (up to three, preferably no more than 1,200 words per story) 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 pieces of more than 1,200 words.
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.
$2.50
Poems for Online Exclusive consideration (up to 5 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page.