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Introduction to the 2013 Barthelme Prize

Robert Coover

All three of these stories echo Donald Barthelme’s brevity, concision, and wry intelligence, his gift for memorable one-liners. Notoriously withering as his critiques could be, he would have loved all the first and last sentences here, and would have said so. I first encountered him in the 1960s via his earliest New Yorker stories. At the time, I was gathering minifictions of the length of these for an anthology to be published by Stone Wall Press…

Prize in Translation

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting poetry submissions for the inaugural Gulf Coast Prize in Translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication as Online Exclusives.

Attempts at Love

John D'Agata

"The girl, lovely, nude, and hip-deep in sacred water, couldn’t have known what was happening as the rich man and his friends flew out from behind the brush..."

I Pine, I Sigh, Please Pass the Mayo: What Sitcoms Can Teach Writers of Literary Fiction

Laura Jok

I wish I could tell you that my brain was more grateful. Or willing to take a break. Instead, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what the sitcom genre can mean to someone who writes fiction. In graduate workshops, "melodramatic" is the dirtiest of words...

My First Book of Poetry: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Independent Presses (Part III of III)

Frances Justine Post

I am not ashamed to tell you that my debut book of poetry, Beast, was rejected 70+ times over an approximately 5 year period before it was finally accepted and turned into an object in the world this past January. When I counted up these numbers after…

My First Book of Poetry: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Independent Presses (Part II of III)

Frances Justine Post

I am not ashamed to tell you that my debut book of poetry, Beast, was rejected 70+ times over an approximately 5 year period before it was finally accepted and turned into an object in the world this past January. When I counted up these numbers after…