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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.


  • 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  • Previously unpublished work and work that has been published within the last year will be considered.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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.