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Submit only previously unpublished works.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:

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.

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

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.

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

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2019 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 2019 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction will be judged by Leslie Jamison 
  • 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.

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2019 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 2019 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry will be judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
  • Submit up to five poems (ten pages max) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, 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.

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2019 Gulf Coast Prize 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 judge for this year's contest is Garth Greenwell.

  • 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.
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.

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

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.

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

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