Gulf Coast Prize

The annual Gulf Coast Prizes are here

Deadline: March 22nd, 2015

Awarding $6,000 in prizes to poets, essayists, and fiction writers, this year's judges are Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Fiction), Maggie Nelson (Nonfiction), and Carl Phillips (Poetry)!

The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 28.1, due out in Fall 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. The $23 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail.

Contest Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast's online submissions manager.
  • Poetry: Submit up to five poems (ten pages max) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Prose: Submit one story or essay (twenty-five 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  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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. This information should only be pasted in the "Comments" field.

Contest Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
    Department of English
    University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204-3013
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $23 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to "Gulf Coast."