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.

Gulf Coast reads submissions for Online Exclusives year-round.

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.

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Submit only previously unpublished works.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:

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:

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 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.

*Please note that as of June 1, 2018, we no longer accept postal submissions. Any submissions postmarked after this date will be discarded. 

The year 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against police in New York City. The event became a watershed moment for the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S.

Gulf Coast is committed to honoring this anniversary by publishing work that responds to and/or engages with LGBTQ history and activism in creative and interesting ways. We are looking for stories, poems, essays, and hybrid works that trouble mainstream narratives and complicate received wisdom. Additionally, we are searching for writing that moves conversations about queer identity forward into a new era of introspection and social change.


Poems (up to 3 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page.


Stories and essays (up to two 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.


Interviews and reviews of literary collections or anthologies:
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.
Ends on March 1, 2019$3.00
$3.00
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.
Ends on March 1, 2019$3.00
$3.00
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 are unable to read submissions of more than 7,000 words.

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.
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.

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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