The 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

Now Accepting Entries

*Deadline Extended: September 21st, 2015

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation for an extra three weeks. 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 (, 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.


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, and provide a brief synopsis (no more than 200 words) of the work and the author you are translating. We have modified our request for demonstrations of permission, as indicated below. 

Demonstrations of Permission

We are unable to publish submissions without permissions from the copyright holder. With this in mind ...

  • We ask that you furnish a statement from the holder of the copyright for the work under translation verifying that the rights are available. 

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  • Only previously unpublished translations will be considered.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!