Thank you for checking out the Cobalt Review and Cobalt Press submission manager. Below are some general notes. We ask that you review the submission guidelines as they directly apply to each category. Each editor has a preference for submission methods, subject matter, etc. There is no one-size-fits-all aspect to Cobalt.
2017 Publishing Schedule:
- Baseball Issue: End of Baseball Regular Season (online)
- Following the fifth annual baseball issue, we will be releasing a "5 Years of Cobalt Baseball (working title) print anthology
- Fiction/Creative Nonfiction: June/July (online)
- Poetry: December (online)
Some overall notes/requests:
- We don't mind simultaneous submissions, but it does make us feel a little put-off when someone withdraws a submission less than 24 hours after we receive it with the note accepted elsewhere. If you want us to dedicate a meaningful amounts of time to your work, we hope that you are appreciative of our time and effort in publishing it. Submit because you love what we do and because you believe your work is a good fit.
- We do not accept previously published work. If you have any questions regarding these submission guidelines, or what we consider "previously published" contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All online content is eligible to be published in our approximately-annual print issues, though only a few from each category are selected each year.
- Your cover letter should be as brief and nondescript as possible. Simply include your contact information (phone number preferred if you are submitting a full-length manuscript). We do not look at cover letters unless we intend to accept the work. If you wish to include a bio, please keep it under 200 characters (including spaces/punctuation).
We want to expect the unexpected. We are looking for extraordinary tales and the not so extraordinary, but most importantly, work that exhibits well executed writing, writing so amazing that it makes even the mundane interesting.
To give you a sense of the kind of writing that excites me, here are ten essays that I love:
- “Too Poor for Pop Culture” by D. Watkins (Salon)
- “Dust, Light, Life” by Jacqueline Kolosov (Bellevue Literary Review)
- “Did Mother, Maybe, Not Know Best?” by Heidi Basarab (NY Times)
- “Call My Name” by Melissa Febos (Prairie Schooner)
- “Night’s Watch” by Jeffrey Hammond (Gettysburg Review)
- “Body Worlds” by Kerry Reilly (Gettysburg Review)
- “Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy: An Inquiry on the Functions of Reflection” by Tara Dapra (Creative Nonfiction)
- “A Personal History of Staring” by David Rompf (Hotel Amerika)
- “Who Was Bill Evans?” by Richard Terrill (Crazyhorse)
- “A Chapter On Red” by Jericho Parms (Hotel Amerika)
All submissions of non-fiction should be 3,000 words or less. Writers are allowed (even encouraged!) to submit up to two pieces, so long as the total word count does not exceed the maximum. Please indicate your word count in the document, prior to the title of your piece.
Note: Please take the time to read the overall submission guidelines above. We promise that if you read them carefully, then we will read your submission carefully.