Please see individual listings for specific submission guidelines.
Ends on January 15, 2017$ 16.00
$ 16.00
Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words. All manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Please include entry title and page numbers on all manuscript pages. Since the judging is blind, the author’s name and identifying information (including address, email, phone number, and bio) should only appear in the "cover letter" box; identifying information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts with names left on them may be disqualified.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that the work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a piece is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast asks that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until our judge selects a winner.

Multiple entries are permitted, but each entry must be submitted separately.

Writers associated with the judges, WMU, or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

All contest entries following these guidelines will be considered for publication in Third Coast.

The $16 entry fee (payable online, or by check for postal entries) entitles the submitter to a one-year subscription or gift subscription to Third Coast. No money will be refunded. 

The deadline to submit work for both contests is January 15, 2017. Winners will be announced in April 2017. 
Ends on January 15, 2017$ 16.00
$ 16.00
Submit up to three (3) previously unpublished poems at a time in ONE file. Please include entry title and page numbers on all manuscript pages. Since the judging is blind, the author’s name and identifying information (including address, email, phone number, and bio) should only appear in the "cover letter" box; identifying information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts with names left on them may be disqualified.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that the work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a piece is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast asks that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until our judge selects a winner.

Multiple entries are permitted, but each entry must be submitted separately.

Writers associated with the judges, WMU, or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

All contest entries following these guidelines will be considered for publication in Third Coast.

The $16 entry fee (payable online, or by check for postal entries) entitles the submitter to a one-year subscription or gift subscription to Third Coast. No money will be refunded. 

The deadline to submit work for both contests is January 15, 2017Winners will be announced in April 2017. 
Ends on December 15, 2016

Submit manuscripts of up to 7,500 words (or up to 25 pages)

  • For short shorts, we accept up to three at a time (please submit short shorts in one electronic document).

  • Fiction submissions should be typed, double-spaced, openly margined, and printed clearly.

  • The author's name, address, email address, and phone number should be included on the first page. Each subsequent page should have a page number.

  • Ends on December 15, 2016
    • Poetry should be typed and single-spaced, with the author's name and contact info on the first page.

    • Stanza breaks should be double-spaced.

    • Please send no more than three poems at a time (with a maximum of ten pages total per submission).

    • Please submit all poems in one electronic document.
    • If a submitted poem is accepted elsewhere, please log into your account and make a note on your submission of the poem(s) that are no longer available.

    Ends on December 15, 2016
    • Submit manuscripts of up to 7,000 words.

    • Nonfiction submissions should be typed, double-spaced, openly margined, and printed clearly.

    • The author's name, address, email address, and phone number should be included on the first page. Each subsequent page should have a page number and the author's name or title of the piece.

    Ends on December 15, 2016
    • Please submit one-act plays of no more than 20 pages.

    • Third Coast strongly encourages the submission of 10-minute plays that have had readings or productions, but have not received publication.

    • Please submit in standard play format.

    Review and interview submissions may find a home in a print issue of Third Coast, or, with your permission, on thirdcoastmagazine.com. See specific guidelines for each genre below.

    • Book Reviews:

      • Third Coast welcomes submissions of reviews of 500-2,000 words on new or forthcoming books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and essays, as well as reviews of full-length plays. 

        Third Coast strongly prefers reviews of first or second books, or books from smaller presses (we'll probably pass on that review of Alice Munro's newest). 

        Third Coast does not accept queries/requests for book reviews of specific books or authors. 

    • Interviews:

      • Third Coast welcomes submissions of both interviews (a conversation between two or more people) and Q&A (an "interview" where a writer responds to a series of prewritten questions). Interviews should run between 2,000 and 6,000 words; Q&A submissions can run shorter. 
    $ 9.00
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