Thank you for checking out the Cobalt Review and Cobalt Press submission manager. Our second annual print volume is currently available over at CobaltPress.org (or you can purchase at a discount when you submit to the 2014 Writing Prizes).
Please read our guidelines carefully. Each category has its own expectations. We're not super-picky, but it helps when you follow the directions.
Online Publishing Schedule:
June: 70-80% poetry, 20-30% prose
July: All-Star Weekend All-Baseball Issue (all genres accepted)
September: 100% prose
December: 100% poetry
March: 100% prose
Some overall notes/requests:
1. Web submissions of prose cannot exceed 3,000 words at a time.
2. We don't mind simultaneous submissions, but it does feel a little insulting when you're withdrawing a submission less than 24 hours after we receive it with the note "Accepted elsewhere." If you want us to dedicate meaningful amounts of time to you, you should be willing to do the same for us. Send your work our way because you love what we do and because you believe you're a good fit. Otherwise, let's not waste time.
3. We do not accept previously published work (except for the Baseball Writing Prize). If you have any questions regarding these submission guidelines, or what we consider "previously published" contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. The best way to get a sense of what we love is to read our print issues, which include prize winners, finalists, and some of our favorite fiction, non-fiction, and poetry selections from Cobalt's online publications. Order print issues at CobaltPress.org.
5. Full-length manuscripts for Cobalt Press are not being accepted at this time. We will re-open submissions after we have reviewed those we have already.
6. We are accepting work specifically for the print publications. There are many who still prefer this medium, and we respect that. We read on a rolling basis, and we will continue to accept submissions for Volume 3 until 9/30/2014.
7. All online content is eligible to be published in the annual print issues, though only a few from each category are selected each year. Online content eligible for Volume 3 must be published between 9/10/2013 and 9/9/2014.
CLICK ON EACH CATEGORY TO VIEW SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
Oh, and here's a new rule: Contributor bios can be no longer than 200 characters. Please reread that. I said characters. If your bio is too long, we will not edit it, nor return it to you. Rather, we will make something up, and it will be silly.
2014 Contest (except Baseball) General Guidelines + Prizes
- $10.00 submission fee (submitters can also purchase a discounted copy of Volume 2 for $7.50 with free shipping - $17.50 total).
- Multiple entries are permitted, but author must pay separate submission fees for each entry.
- Simultaneous submissions will be considered. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
- Previously published will be considered for the 2014 Baseball Writing Prize only.
- See individual categories for length and formatting requirements.
- One winner will be selected in each category. No more than three finalists will also be selected. All winners and finalists will appear in Volume 3, the 2014 print issue. Editors also may offer online publication to non-finalist submitters.
- Each winner will receive $100 and five contributor copies of Volume 3. Each finalist will receive one contributor copy of Volume 3.
Ends on 6/30/2014
We are looking for creative non-fiction/essays that come hard and straight down the pipe; fiction that throws us a curveball; and poetry that reinvigorates our love for the game. Any written work (including scholarly essays) on the amazing game of baseball are welcomed!
All entries to this category will be considered for the 2014 Baseball Writing Prize.
Regardless of genre, each work should have baseball as a central theme or key component. Cricket, softball, and other such similar things will also be considered.
Before anything else, you should check out last year's baseball issue, which featured 18 short stories, essays, and poems, as well as interviews with Stewart O'Nan and Frank Deford. Part I: Away Team. Part II: Home Team.
1. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are welcomed for this contest. Fiction and non-fiction should be 4,000 words or less (please consider length a loose guideline). Poetry has no length requirement.
2. Files should be submitted in .doc/.docx or PDF format.
4. One story/essay/poem per entry. You may submit multiple works, but must enter them separately, paying separate entry fees.
5. The entry fee for this contest is $5.00 per submission.
6. We plan to put primarily unpublished work into July's all-baseball issue. However, previously published work will be considered for the prize itself. You must include a brief description of where the work appeared and if there is a contact person with that publisher that we may contact to confirm permission to reprint. Publication status will not in any way disqualify your work from winning the prize; however, Cobalt must have the ability to publish/reprint the work in order for it to be considered.
7. Deadline: June 30, 2014 (submissions will be reviewed and accepted/declined on a rolling basis).
One winner will be selected and awarded $50.00, as well as publication in both the baseball issue and Volume 3 (2014 print issue).
One or more finalists may be included in Volume 3.
Any authors appearing in the annual print issue, Volume 3 (released in late 2014) will received a complimentary copy of the issue in which they appear.
Cobalt retains the right to anthologize works published in all issues. All other rights revert to the author.
Ends on 8/1/2014
From Fiction Editor Rafe Posey: "I want to be dazzled, intrigued, and challenged. Make me laugh or make me cry - or do both in the same story."
One (1) Winner will be selected in the Fiction category, as well as one or
more runners-up, depending on the quality of the work we receive (with a
maximum of three).
Guidelines for the Fiction Category:
1. Submission in the fiction category is limited to one (1) story per author (even if you are James Franco).
2. Your submission must be between 1500 and 5000 words.
3. Your story may be any kind of fiction EXCEPT kid lit (MG, YA, etc.),
inspirational, erotica, or pornography. Literary, upmarket, speculative, historical, and other types of fiction are welcome.
4. Gratuitous nastiness is not welcome.
5. On the actual story document, include the storys title and word count.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, EMAIL, OR OTHER IDENTIFYING FEATURES. If you do not follow these guidelines, we can't fairly consider your story.
6. Previously published work will not be accepted. If you are unsure whether or not your work would be considered previously published, email email@example.com before submitting and we will help you decide.
Ends on 8/1/2014
From Nonfiction Editor Sam Stanco: "I am looking for essays and memoirs that raise the bar by reinventing old topics or introducing me to the new and unexplored."
One (1) winner will be selected in the Non-Fiction Category, as well as one or more runners-up, depending on the quality of the work we receive (with a maximum of three).
Guidelines for the Non-Fiction Category:
1. Submission in the non-fiction category is limited to one (1) piece.
2. Your submission may not be more than 5000 words in length.
3. Your submission may be any kind of non-fiction EXCEPT essays/memoirs that are politically motivated, overtly sexual in nature (pornographic), and or slanderous to another individual or groups. Gratuitous nastiness is not welcome.
4. On the actual essay document, include the essay’s title and word count. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, EMAIL, OR OTHER IDENTIFYING FEATURES. All submissions should be sent in a Word document (.doc/.docx), be double spaced, and typed in Times/Times New Roman, size 12 font.
5. Previously published work will not be accepted. If you are unsure whether or not your work would be considered previously published, email firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting and we will help you determine the eligibility of your submission.
Ends on 8/1/2014
From Poetry Editor Ruben Quesada: "My formal writers' guidelines are best described by the poems I enjoy reading. Though, at the heart of all good writing is storytelling. The language of the poet must convey meaningful experiences with acuity for sight, sound, and emotion."
One (1) Winner will be selected in the Poetry category, as well as one or more runners-up, depending on the quality of the work we receive (with a maximum of three).
Guidelines for the Poetry Category:
1. Submission in the poetry category is limited to three pages of poetry.
2. Submissions on any topic are admissible.
3. Each new poem should begin on a new page. No single poem submitted should be more than two pages.
4. On the actual poem document, include a submission title and number of poems submitted. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, EMAIL, OR OTHER IDENTIFYING FEATURES.
5. Previously published work will not be accepted. If you are unsure if your work would be considered previously published, email email@example.com before submitting and we will help you decide.
This category has much more flexible guidelines than our online content calls for; however, you must pay special attention to the following:
1. Submissions for the annual print issue are not eligible for any contests.
2. Please list the genre and title of your work in the headline (for instance, "Fiction: Hoop Dreams" or "Three Poems"). If we can't identify which editor to assign the piece to, we will reject it (after we've attempted to clarify).
3. Prose submissions may be up to 6,000 words. Poetry is limited to 3 poems, or 5 pages of poetry (for long poems).
4. Contributor copies will be provided to anyone published in the print issue, and contributors will also have access to special discounts.
5. A $3.00 fee applies to all print issue submissions. This is a standard fee that many publications require. We plan to use this money to fund the printing and distribution of the issue.
Size limit: 3,000 words
Cobalt is currently reading submissions of fiction for the June, September and March issues.
The best fiction lingers for a long time with the reader, whether through
character, setting, or a moment of brilliant illumination. Fiction
selected for publication in COBALT will have narrators and situations that
surprise us, resolutions that break our hearts, or wordplay that makes us
dance. Submit your best fiction - we want to be dazzled.
Although COBALT is primarily focused on literary fiction, we will happily
consider genre and experimental fiction as well. Types of fiction in which
we are not currently interested include YA, “inspirational,” and erotica.
This is especially true of stories that contain two or more of those
elements at the same time.
All fiction submissions should be fewer than 3,000 words. Writers may
submit up to two pieces at a time, but if you submit two pieces, please
make two separate submissions. For all fiction submissions, please leave
your name OFF the document, and include the word count, title, and page
number in the header on every page.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please do us the courtesy of
withdrawing any pieces that are accepted elsewhere.
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
Size limit: 3,000 words
Cobalt is currently reading submissions of creative nonfiction for the June, September and March issues.
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.
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.
Non-fiction submitted for web publication will not be considered for the 2013 Writing Prize.
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.
Cobalt is currently considering full length manuscripts of poetry for publication in late 2014 or early 2015. At this particular moment, we are only interested in poetry manuscripts.
The best way to get our attention is to submit to one of our writing contests. Mention in your cover letter for one of those categories - after you have adequately showered us with compliments - that you have a full-length manuscript you'd like us to take a look at. If we love your work (seriously, we need to LOVE IT), you'll hear from us.
However, if you think your book is so spectacular that we will overlook the preferred method of communication, or, if you don't have any unpublished short stuff for us to consider for the contest, then submit your manuscript here.
Don't butter us up too much. Don't tell us about your favorite character in the book, or how much was taken from your own life. Don't go on and on about which authors you think you sound like. We're not interested in that. Let your manuscript speak for itself. If what we read screams "I AM AWESOME AND I WANT TO BE A BOOK RIGHT NOW!" then you'll be hearing from us.
It's that simple.
(P.S. You should really read one of our print issues before you send us your manuscript. That seems fair, right? If you want us to read your 200 page manuscript, you could at least read our print issue. Purchase one over at cobaltpress.org/store. )