Medium: Print and Online
Genres Accepted: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, review, interview
A journal of literature and fine arts
Payment: Varies depending on availability of funds, but is a minimum of $30 per poem, $20 per page of prose up to $150, $50 per review
Founded in 1986 by University of Houston faculty members Philip Lopate and Donald Barthelme, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts seeks to publish and promote quality literature in our local and national communities as well as to teach excellence in literary publishing to graduate and undergraduate students. Part of their mission is “to publish the big names of today alongside lesser-known up-and-comers,” and they regularly hold contests in addition to accepting general submissions.
In each issue, Gulf Coast seems to aim for an equal amount of content from each genre. Their web content is limited and guidelines are vague, so without a subscription, it is difficult to get a clear impression of what exactly they are looking for. The majority of pieces appear to be from emerging writers who have some publication credits, so one of their contests could be a good way in—if you want to pay the entry fee. Or review a first or second book by an emerging author—one preference they do specify.
Professor Klatt recommends
Hekman Availability: Not available
Stories and essays should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages, fewer than 7,000 words. Poems (three per submission) should be typed with name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page of each. Single-book reviews should be no longer than four pages. Interviews should not exceed twelve pages. All reviews and interviews should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages.
Submissions are accepted only between August 15 and March 15 with a four to six month response time. Multiple submissions are not accepted, but simultaneous submissions are. Online submissions are preferred (above link leads to the online submission manager) but posted submissions will be accepted as well. If mailing, specify genre on the outside of the envelope, address to the relevant editor, include an SASE, and mail to:
Fiction Editor (Zach Bean and Sruthi Thekkiam), Nonfiction Editor (Thea Lim and Jessica Wilbanks), Poetry Editor (Liz Countryman, Eric Ekstrand, and Samuel Amadon), or Review Editor (Hannah Gamble)
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013