Gulf Coast's Regular Print Submissions Period is Open from September 1 through March 1


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) 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 welcomes and appreciates submissions from writers and artists of all backgrounds and aesthetic affiliations.

We do not accept general submissions via e-mail or post. Please visit our contest page for contest submission guidelines.

If you are already familiar with Gulf Coast's general submission guidelines, feel free to proceed to Submittable. Otherwise, please read the details below.


Submission Guidelines

 

For the Print Edition:

General 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  • Submit only previously unpublished works.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.
  • Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

Stories and Essays:

  • Typed, double-spaced, paginated.
  • Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be on the first page, title on subsequent pages.
  • We are unable to read submissions of more than 7,000 words.

Poems:

  • Up to five poems per submission are allowed.
  • Should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page.

Translations:

  • Poetry: 
    • Up to five poems per submission.
    • Include the original untranslated text with your submission.
    • Include brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. 
  • Prose:
    • Up to twenty double-spaced pages per submission.
    • Include brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. 

Interviews and Reviews:

Gulf Coast typically commissions book reviews, but unsolicited reviews are accepted and occasionally published.

  • Typed, double-spaced, and paginated.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email on the first page, title on subsequent pages.
  • Interviews should not exceed twelve pages.
  • Single-book reviews:
    • No longer than four pages.
    • We are particularly interested in reviews of first or second books.

Art and Critical Art Writing: 

Gulf Coast is now accepting submissions of critical art writing.


Other 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 contact the Editor.


 

For Online Exclusives:

Stories and Essays:

  • Typed, double-spaced, and paginated.
  • Include you name, address, phone number, and email 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 five poems per submission.
  • Should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header on each page.

Translations:

  • Poetry:
    • Up to five poems per submission.
    • Include original untranslated text in the submission.
    • Include a brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. 
  • Prose:
    • Up to twenty pages double-spaced.
    • Include a brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. 

Blogger:

Please contact the Digital Editor. Include online publication or blogging credits and a brief proposal indicating how your blogging will contribute to the literary and nonprofit community.