In 2020, we published our first two chapbooks: Jessica Mooney's Parting Gifts for Losing Contestants (now in its second printing) and Jake Syersak's VORTEX(t), Editor's Selection for our inaugural Open Reading. For 2021 we plan on publishing three chapbooks, two solicited, and a third chosen by the editors for COAST|noCOAST's second Open Reading.

Manuscripts will be read November 15th through March 31st, and the selection announced by May 31.


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


Genre: We’re now open to any genre. Send us poetry, prose, and everything in between. We highly encourage you to purchase our first two literary journals and/or either of the chapbooks 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, Issue No. 2, or VORTEX(t) by Jake Syersak. 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.


What if you pick my manuscript? 

1. We’ll print it in a perfect-bound edition in the fall of 2022

2. You’ll receive 30 author copies.

3. You’ll receive an honorarium of $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.

All the above information and more can be found on our SUBMITTABLE PAGE.