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The Barthelme Prize in now Closed for Submissions

Many thanks to all of our entrants and best of luck!

The 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation (Prose) Deadline has been extended to September 21st, 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. The $17 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the issue in which the corresponding prize winners are published. The 2015 judge is Ammiel Alcalay.


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.

We will not consider submissions without permissions. 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.

Translation Contest Guidelines for Online Submissions

  • 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  • Only previously unpublished translations will be considered.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.

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  1. Fill in your name and contact information.
  2. If you're submitting for someone else, enter that person in the "writer name" field. Otherwise leave that field blank.
  3. Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. Separate titles with commas, abbreviating when necessary.
  4. Select the genre of your submission by clicking the drop-down menu in the "Genre" field.
  5. Use the browse button to find the file you'd like to submit. All work being submitted should be attached as a single file. Contest entries should not include a cover letter or personal information. Select your file (.rtf, .doc, or .pdf only please) and click on the open button.
  6. **Important** File names must only contain letters, integers, underscores and spaces, according to our submissions manager conventions. Ex: "Franks Wagon.pdf" rather than "Frank's Wagon.pdf." Not following the correct file naming conventions will result in a redirect to an error/404 page.
  7. Whether making a general submission or entering the contest, please paste your cover letter into the comments field, then click submit.
  8. You'll have the option to review your information and confirm that it's correct. Hit continue and you're done.
  9. If you need to withdraw an individual poem or story from a multi-poem or multi-story submission Please edit the "comments" section to reflect which particular piece you are withdrawing. Please direct further inquiries regarding submissions edits via e-mail to with "[Nature of Inquiry]: Firstname Lastname" in the subject line, and if relevant, the title(s) of the works to be withdrawn in the body of the e-mail, along with the genre.
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