Annual Gulf Coast Prize Contest (poetry/fiction/nonfiction)
> The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is Now Accepting Entries![Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Dear Creative Writing Program Faculty and Staff:
> We hope you'll share this announcement about Gulf Coast's 2013 Gulf
> Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry with the
> rest of your department. This year's judges are Stanley Plumly
> (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss
> (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!
> The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each
> genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The
> winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all
> entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as
> Online Exclusives. All three of last year's winners were from
> creative writing programs!
> The deadline for entries is March 15, 2013, and all entrants receive
> a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. We
> will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and
> via postal mail. Please see below for more contest details or visit
> our website (www.gulfcoastmag.org/contests).
> ABOUT OUR JUDGES
> The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry will be judged by Stanley Plumly.
> His poetry collection Old Heart won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
> and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a Distinguished
> University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and
> a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent
> collection is Orphan Hours.
> The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction will be judged by Maggie
> Shipstead. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a
> former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and a recent resident at
> the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her short fiction has
> appeared in Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ecotone, American
> Short Fiction, Subtropics, The Best American Short Stories, and other
> publications. Her story “La Moretta” was a 2012 National Magazine
> Award finalist, and her first novel, Seating Arrangements, won the
> Dylan Thomas Prize.
> The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay will be judged by
> Darin Strauss. He is the author of the international bestseller Chang
> and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of
> the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002," as well
> the novel More Than it Hurts You, and most recently a memoir, Half a
> Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Also a
> screenwriter, Darin is currently adapting Chang and Eng for the
> screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Another screenplay on which he
> collaborated is in pre-production at Paramount Studios. He is the
> recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship.
> CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS
> - Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
> Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000
> words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten
> - You may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each
> submission must be uploaded separately as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or
> .pdf file.
> - Only previously unpublished work 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 pasted in the
> “Comments” field.
> - After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to
> authorize your $23 reading fee, which includes a year-long
> subscription to Gulf Coast. You do not need a PayPal account to
> submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for
> payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your
> CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS
> - Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and
> nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry
> entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
> - You may submit more than once or in more than one genre. Remember
> to pay the additional entry fee each time.
> - Please address postal mail entries to:
> Gulf Coast
> ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
> 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 $23 reading fee for each entry, payable to
> “Gulf Coast.”
> Last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Joyelle McSweeney (Poetry),
> Victor LaValle (Fiction), and Jenny Boully (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay),
> are available on our website (gulfcoastmag.org): Gulf Coast Prize
> Winner in Poetry, Lo Kwa Mei-en; Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Fiction,
> Geetha Iyer; and Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay,
> Emily Watson.
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> Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
> Department of English
> University of Houston
> Houston, Texas 77204-3013