The 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

June 24, 2015 § 2 Comments

Steve Almond

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as online exclusives.

Steve Almond will judge this year’s contest. Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Entries are due August 31, 2015. The $17 entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast.

The folks at Gulf Coast will accept submissions via an online submissions manager and via postal mail.

Visit https://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/ for more information.

2012 Barthelme Short Prose Prize

July 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

 

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website.

This year’s contest will be judged by Ander Monson, the author of a number of paraphernalia, including a website, a decoder wheel, several chapbooks, as well as five books, most recently Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2010) and The Available World (Sarabande Books, 2010). He lives in Tucson where he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and edits the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press.

Entries are due September 1, 2012. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee.

Gulf Coast will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail.  Visit www.gulfcoastmag.org/contests for more information, or to read last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Sarah Manguso. 

 

The 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

July 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Quoting the press release, because we are far too busy tumbling through the Scottish highlands to rewrite the wee thing::

“Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for its 2011 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose contest. No matter what you call it—flash fiction, prose poems, micro-essays—send us your work of 500 words or less. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in the issue of Gulf Coast due out in Spring 2012. Two runners-up will also appear in the issue.

“Each entry may include up to three pieces of short prose.

“We are happy to have as judge this year the poet, essayist, and short story writer Sarah Manguso, author the memoir Two Kinds of Decay (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008; Picador, 2009).

“Beginning this year, entries will be accepted through our online submission manager only.  Go to www.gulfcoastmag.org/submissions and be sure to choose the genre “Barthelme Prize for Short Prose.” If submitting two or three pieces, include them all in one word, rtf, or pdf file. The entry fee is $17. If submitting more than three pieces, a second entry fee will be required.

“Entries are due August 31st, 2011 and each entrant will receive a year’s subscription to Gulf Coast.”

 

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

We don’t have the energy to re-write the press release, and anyway, all of the info is here, so excuse us.  If anyone wants to rewrite the press release in the comments section, feel free:


Gulf Coast is happy to announce that the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open for entries!

No matter what you call it–flash fiction, prose poems, micro-essays–send us your work of 500 words or fewer. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in the issue of Gulf Coast due out in Spring 2012, along with the two runners-up.

Last year we were happy to publish three excellent pieces of short prose by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (2010’s winner), Benjamin Glass, and Robert Thomas. These three pieces, along with an introduction by last year’s judge Joe Bonomo, are available on our website.

Entries are due August 31, 2011 and each entrant will receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. We’re asking that all entries this year come to us via our easy-to-use online submission manager.

This year’s judge will be poet, essayist, and story writer Sarah Manguso.

The 2011 Gulf Coast Prizes

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Submissions for the annual Gulf Coast Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are now open.

This year we have raised the prize money to $1,500 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry winners, plus $250 for two runners-up in each genre. That’s a total of $6,000 in prizes. The winners will be published in Gulf Coast 24.1, to be released in fall 2011. Just for entering, you’ll get a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, and all entries will be considered for publication.

You can submit to our contests online now. View our contest guidelines and send us your work! The 2011 Poetry Prize will be judged by Ilya Kaminski, the Creative Nonfiction/Lyric Essay Prize will be judged by John D’Agata, and the Fiction Prize will be judged by Frederick Reiken. See our contest page to learn more about this year’s judges.

Guidelines here

The contest deadline is March 15, 2011.

Second Annual Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

July 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

Named in honor of Gulf Coast’s founder, the Donald Barthelme Prize awards $500 and publication in the upcoming issue of Gulf Coast for one prose poem, micro-essay, or piece of flash fiction.

The 2009 prize-winning entry will be selected by Mary Robison, author of Why Did I Ever? and One D.O.A, One on the Way.

Postmark deadline: August 31, 2009.

Full Barthelme Contest Guidelines

Baffled, We Are

November 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

Can’t really understand why Gulf Coast’s Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose includes short fiction, the prose poem, but not brief nonfiction!  Baffled, we are.

But we are fans of Gulf Coast, and of Mr. Barthelme, and of Beckian Fritz Goldberg, so we happily pass along the details:

The Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

This year’s judge: Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Guidelines: Submit up to 3 previously unpublished prose poems or short stories, each no more than 500 words in length. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. All entries will be eligible for publication, though only one will receive our $500 prize. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include an SASE for results.

Your $15 reading fee, payable to “Gulf Coast,” will include a one-year subscription.

Send Entries to:
Barthelme Prize, Gulf Coast
English Dept, Univ. of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

Deadline: December 20, 2008

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