Contest News Feed: Summer 2015 Calls for Submissions

Now Accepting Entries for 2015

Please scroll down or click for more info on this year's Prize in Translation.

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year's winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 27.2 here.

Deadline: August 31st, 2015

All entrants to Barthelme prize receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the year in which the corresponding prize winner is published.

2015 Barthelme Prize Judge Steve Almond2015 Barthelme Prize Judge Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

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

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast's online submissions manager.
  • Submit up to three pieces of short prose 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  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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.

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
    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 $17 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to "Gulf Coast."

 

The 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation (Prose)

Deadline: August 31st, 2015

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation. In 2015, the contest is open to prose (fiction and nonfiction) in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Entry to the contest also includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the issue in which the corresponding prize winners are published.

2015 Prize in Tranlsation judge Ammiel AlcalayThis year’s contest will be judged by the poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar, Ammiel Alcalay. His books include A Little History (2013), from the warring factions, 2nd edition (2012), "neither wit nor gold" (from then) (2011), Islanders (2010), Scrapmetal (2007), Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (1999), and After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (1993). He is founder and general editor, under the auspices of the Center for the Humanities and the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative (http://lostandfoundbooks.org), along with its offshoot Lost & Found Elsewhere, and has edited texts by Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Diane di Prima, Joanne Kyger, and Michael Rumaker for these projects.

Guidelines

Prose: Send one piece of prose (of up to twenty double-spaced pages) translated into English. Excerpts from longer works are welcome and preference will be given to contemporary work published within the last fifty years. As part of your submission, include the text in its original language, provide a brief synopsis (no more than 200 words) of the work and the author you are translating, and indicate whether you have, and can grant us, permission to publish the original work and the translation.

Demonstrations of Permission

We will not consider submissions without permissions. In your submission, please provide one of the following:

  • A document stating that the original text is in the public domain.
  • From the copyright holder: Written permission granting you right to translate the work in your contest submission. Permission should name the work being translated, date consent was given, and identify the copyright holder.

Contest Guidelines for Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Submit only one piece (up to twenty double-spaced pages) and the original text in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished translations 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 typed in the “Comments” field.

Contest Guidelines for Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    ATTN: Translation Prize
    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 $17 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to “Gulf Coast.”

We can't wait to read your translations!