Genres Accepted: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, review, interview
Medium: Print (2/year) and Online
Tagline: 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
About: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Calvin Connection: Professor Klatt recommends
Hekman Availability: Not available