Coastlines submissions are currently OPEN for our 2020 issue. 

Coastlines accepts submissions in prose (fiction/nonfiction), poetry, visual arts, graphic narrative and translations.

All submissions must have numbered pages and be in size-12 Times New Roman font. With the exception of poetry, all submissions must be double-spaced. In sending your work to us, you claim your work as original and previously unpublished. We welcome simultaneous submissions (your work may be considered elsewhere while it is under our review) as long as you contact us immediately if acceptance is found elsewhere.

Fiction: Please limit fiction submissions to 5,000 words. All forms of fiction are welcome with the exception of fan-fiction.

Nonfiction: Nonfiction editors are open to all experimental and traditional forms. Suggested length: up to 5,000 words.

Poetry: Please submit no more than five poems, each no longer than two pages. All forms of poetry are welcome.

Visual Art: Submit no more than five works in .rtf, .txt, .doc, .docx, or .jpg file formats.

Graphic Narrative: Submit graphic narratives of up to eight pages. Please send only rtf, .txt, .doc, .docx., or .jpg file formats.
Translation: Translations, whether into English or another language, must be accompanied by original work. Translations of your own work are welcome. We are not looking for any specific themes or topics, but suggest a maximum word count of 5,000 words for prose translations, and two pages for poetry. Please double-space prose, and single-space poems. Permission for translation publication must be granted or available.

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Please submit your work to by Nov. 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM. When submitting include in the subject line: “[Genre] Submission” Your Name and Z-Number.