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Submit only previously unpublished works.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. If your work is accepted, please wait two years from date of publication before submitting again. 

For the Print Edition:

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 EditorInChief@GulfCoastMag.org.

For Online Exclusives:

Gulf Coast will be closed to submissions for Online Exclusives from December 21st to January 25th. 

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 less likely to accept submissions of more than 3,000 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 (ideally, less than 3,000 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 DigitalEditor@GulfCoastMag.org. 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.

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 ($3.00) 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 through the online submissions manager, from September 1 through March 1. 

We no longer accept submissions by mail.

Submissions e-mailed directly to the editors or mailed to our offices will be discarded. 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.

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2021 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. The contest awards $3,000 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two runners up will be awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in Gulf Coast's printed journal as well as online. This year's contest will be judged by Jenna Wortham.

Guidelines:

  • Submit one piece of critical art writing, of no more than 1,500 words, in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your bio, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document.
  • Previously unpublished work and work that has been published within the last year will be considered.
  • It is the author's responsibility to secure image permissions and, when applicable, reprint permission if the submission has been previously published
  • There is no entry fee




A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast will be given annually for a work of translation into English. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication in print or online. This year's final judge is Sophie Hughes, translator of Alia Trabucco Zerán and Fernanda Melchor.

Submit up to 20 pages of prose translated into English and a copy of the original text. Excerpts from longer works are welcome.

As part of your submission, include the text in its original language, provide a brief synopsis (no more than 200 words) of the work and the author you are translating.

Full entry fee is $20 and includes a yearlong subscription to Gulf Coast (2 issues).

We also offer a half-price entry fee of $10, which includes a half-year subscription to Gulf Coast (1 issue).

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The contest will be judged blindly so your personal information should not appear in the uploaded document.

*In your submission, please provide one of the following:

  • A note (from the translator) in the Comments section of our Online Submission Manager stating that permissions are granted.
  • From the copyright holder (in the event the piece makes it to the final judging round): Written permission granting you right to translate the work in your contest submission. Permission should name the work being translated, date consent was given, and identify the copyright holder.


A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose or prose poetry. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication. This year's final judge is Molly McCully Brown.
Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500 words. Each entry can include up to three pieces. The fee for each entry is $20, which includes a yearlong subscription to Gulf Coast.
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.
Deadline: August 31, 2021

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.

Stories 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're less likely to publish pieces longer than 3,000 words. 

Online exclusive nonfiction and lyric 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're less likely to publish pieces longer than 3,000 words.

Gulf Coast will be closed to submissions for online exclusives from December 21st to January 25th. 

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.

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