2020 Summer Contest

Now Closed

The Gulf Stream Summer Contest runs annually to unearth exciting new works of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. It offers emerging writers a great opportunity to have their work read by published poets and authors.

The Prize

Winners in each category receive a cash prize of $100 plus publication in Issue #26.

Two finalists from each category will be published in Issue #26 and reimbursed their entry fee.

The Details

Fiction & creative nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words.

Poetry submissions of up to 5 poems.

Submissions will be judged blind.

Closes 30 August 2020

New deadline: 7 September 2020


Ashley M. Jones (Poetry), Dawn Davies (Non-Fiction), Alex Segura (Fiction)

Previous Winners


Fiction: Ashley Hand “Street Parking”

Poetry: Forester McClatchey “Eating in a State of Flowers”

Read the 2019 Summer Contest Issue.

Fee Waivers

The usual fee for contest entry is $7. But in light of the circumstances, we are offering fee waivers to anyone who needs it. No evidence required⁠— we’re using the honor system! Email us at the address below to request the waiver.

Entry conditions

-Entry fee is $7. If you need a fee waiver for financial hardship, please email us to request

-Contest closes 23:59 7th Sep 2020

-Submit via Submittable. No submissions through email or mail

-Fiction submissions no more than 5,000 words

-Poetry submissions no more than 5 poems per submission

-Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished

-Do not include any identifying features on your submission, only on the cover letter

-Include a cover letter with a short bio of up to 50 words

-International submissions welcomed, but only in English this year

-Multiple submissions welcome at $7 per submission

-Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us if it’s accepted elsewhere

-Please direct questions or comments to gulfstreamlitmag@gmail.com

-Submissions from current FIU students not accepted. Submissions accepted from alums 2 or more years after graduation


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