COAST|noCOAST is an annual print journal of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, poetics, and art with "offices" in Cincinnati, Ohio and Seattle, Washington. While our literary interests are diverse in form and content, we are looking for the bridges between the works we love. We publish COAST|noCOAST as an interrogation of our aesthetics as well as an exploration of our regions' poetry and art. A portion of each issue is dedicated to the writers and artists of Southwest Ohio and the Puget Sound. We seek work that is self-conscious (potentially experimental) in form and context (literary, historical, or otherwise).

We’re thrilled to announce that COAST|noCOAST is expanding!!! No longer will we only be a journal, but also a press! This fall COAST|noCOAST will start publishing chapbooks, and we want to start with something we discover through our first annual open reading. You’ll find all the relevant information below…

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English can send us work! We also accept work in translation into English. 

Genre: We’re open to any genre! Send us poetry, prose, and everything in between! We highly encourage you to purchase COAST|noCOAST Issue No. 1 to get a sense of our interests. We primarily gravitate toward experiments in both prose and poetry, though we’ve published some crystal-clear lyric poems as well. 

Length: 20-40 pages, please! 

Entry Fee: All submissions require a $15.00 entry fee. Submitters will receive a complimentary copy of COAST|noCOAST Issue No. 1 or Issue No. 2. Please indicate your choice on the submission form.

What will the entry fee be going toward? The entry fee will cover reading, processing, and printing and promotion of the chapbook. Being a not for profit press, any remaining dollars will go toward the operation of the press.

Is this a blind contest? Do I have to remove my name? No. We want this to be as transparent as possible. Feel free to leave your name on your manuscript and tell us a little bit about yourself in the cover letter field in Submittable. 

Are simultaneous submissions okay? Yes, but please notify us if it’s accepted elsewhere. 

Can I submit multiple entries? Yes, but each must be accompanied by a separate reading fee. 

Who will be reading the manuscripts? The staff of COAST|noCOAST! You can find our bios here:

What if you pick my manuscript? 

1. We’ll print it in a perfect-bound edition in the fall of 2019

2. You’ll receive 30 author copies.

3. You’ll receive $250 (we want to pay our authors when we can)

3. We’ll promote it with all the powers we have. 

4. We’ll keep it in print as long as we can. 

Will there be finalists? Though this isn’t a contest, we do want to honor other works that catch our collective editorial eye. Along with the selected chapbook, we’ll announce a list of honorable mentions.

COAST|noCOAST publishes in early Fall. We read January 15 through May 1. Our response time is no longer than three weeks from submission.

Each work (poem, story, other) MUST be submitted individually even if the work is in a series. This will help us best keep track of withdrawn pieces.

All visual art featured in the journal is by solicitation.