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.

2016 Online Publishing Schedule:

  • Baseball Issue: End of Baseball Regular Season (September/October)
  • Fiction/Creative Nonfiction: June/July
  • Poetry: December

Some overall notes/requests:

  • We don't mind simultaneous submissions, but it does 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 cobalt@cobaltreview.com.
  • 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). 

Thank you.

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:

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.

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,” or erotica. This is especially true of stories that contain two or more of those elements at the same time.

Here are ten stories that somehow resemble the kind of stuff I'd love to find in my inbox:

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.

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.

Thanks,
Rafe Posey

We are currently reading poetry submissions for Cobalt's December 2016 issue, which will be selected autonomously by editors Donora Hillard and Jonathan Travelstead. Some collaboration may take place, but poets are encouraged to submit to the editor they feel best matches the content of the submission. 

Some guidelines to follow (more like rules):

  • No more than four poems.
  • We're not likely to publish a 40-page poem online, but if you want to take the chance, maybe don't submit three more (just give us the one).
  • You can submit to one poetry editor or both. Please include a note that you're submitting to both, if that's the case. 
  • Check the list below. Our editors have curated a range of poems that represent the aesthetic they are seeking to create in Cobalt.
  • Expect long turnaround times. We publish poetry once annually. It may be 4-5 months before you hear from us, but of course, we'll aim for quick responses as much as possible.
Donora's List! (clickable links)
We are currently reading poetry submissions for Cobalt's December 2016 issue, which will be selected autonomously by editors Donora Hillard and Jonathan Travelstead. Some collaboration may take place, but poets are encouraged to submit to the editor they feel best matches the content of the submission. 

Some guidelines to follow (more like rules):

  • No more than four poems.
  • We're not likely to publish a 40-page poem online, but if you want to take the chance, maybe don't submit three more (just give us the one).
  • You can submit to one poetry editor or both. Please include a note that you're submitting to both, if that's the case. 
  • Check the list below. Our editors have curated a range of poems that represent the aesthetic they are seeking to create in Cobalt.
  • Expect long turnaround times. We publish poetry once annually. It may be 4-5 months before you hear from us, but of course, we'll aim for quick responses as much as possible.
Jonathan's List! (clickable links)