Gulf Coast Prize

Congratulations to the 2016 Gulf Coast Prize Winners & Honorable Mentions



Brandon Rushton

For his poem "Calisthenics"

B Rushton

Brandon Rushton’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, CutBank, Sonora Review, Passages North, and others. He holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina. This fall he’ll begin teaching at the College of Charleston. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives and writes in Charleston, South Carolina. 


Cassidy Norvell Thompson

For her essay "Witness Trees"

Cassidy ThompsonCassidy Norvell Thompson earned an MFA in creative writing from Murray State University in western Kentucky, where she teaches Spanish to high-schoolers and spins yarn—both the knitted and the written kind. She was a nonfiction finalist in the 2016 Writers@Work Annual Fellowship Competition, and her short essay “Ghost Ship, 1964” is forthcoming in the July 2016  issue of New Madrid. “Witness Trees” is an excerpt from the book-length nonfiction project she calls “Core Samples: An Essay on Land Divided, in Three Parts.” 


Mike Alberti

For his story "Destiny"

M AlbertiMike Alberti grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received his BA from Vassar College and his MFA from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis and has taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, the Loft Literary Center, and in Minnesota state prisons as a part of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. 

Honorable Mentions


July Cole, "Time When the Birds Turned Silver"

Micaela Cameron, "Sura: Providence Rhode Island"


Montana Wojczuk, "The Way of the Gun"

Tracy Fuad, "On Isis, Coming out, and a Country that Doesn't Exist"


Lisa Nikolidakis, "With Mercy to the Stars"

Jenny Xie, "Rehearsal"


Many thanks to all of our entrants! We look forward to reading more of your submissions. Got more work to send out? Our regular submission period is open until September 1st. GC Online Exclusives accepts submissions, including translations, year-round. Click to learn more on our submit page.