Please see individual listings for specific submission guidelines.

Due to Submittable fees increasing, we must charge a $3.00 fee for submissions. We are offering free submissions September 27-October 1, 2021.

Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words.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Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that the work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a piece is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast asks that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until our judge selects a winner.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.

This year's judge is Lydia Conklin.  Writers associated with the judge, WMU, or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

Winners receive $1,000 and publication in Third Coast. All contest entries will be considered for publication.

The $18 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 is December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in April 2021.

Submit up to three (3) previously unpublished poems at a time in ONE file.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Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that the work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a piece is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast asks that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until our judge selects a winner.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.

This year's judge is Lauren Camp.  Writers associated with the judge, WMU, or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

Winners receive $1,000 and publication in Third Coast. All contest entries will be considered for publication.

The $18 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 is December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in April 2022.

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  • 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.

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