Gulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. This support takes many forms, including offering editorial guidance, exposing new work to the widest possible audience, and providing competitive honorariums for that work. We believe this financial support is vital to maintaining a vibrant literary culture. To this end, Gulf Coast has instituted a small reading fee ($3) for regular submissions, 100% of which will go toward increasing the honorariums for the authors whose work we publish in the journal and on the website. Gulf Coast is now able to pay $50 per .doc or PDF page for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in our print issues. In our Online Exclusives we guarantee $50 for poetry and $100 for prose. We also offer $50 for blog posts. We thank you for your support of the authors who make Gulf Coast possible.
Gulf Coast welcomes and appreciates submissions from writers and artists of all backgrounds and aesthetic affiliations.
Submit only previously unpublished works. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us promptly if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions in the same genre are not accepted and will not be read or responded to. One submission per genre is permitted. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting in the same genre again. If your work is accepted, please wait two years from date of publication before submitting again.
Translations of poetry (up to 5 poems per submission) and prose (up to twenty pages double-spaced) should include a brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. For poetry, we encourage authors to include the departing language in their submission.