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.

Publishing Schedule:

  • Baseball Issue: End of Baseball Regular Season (online)
  • Fiction/Creative Nonfiction: Summer (online)
  • Poetry: Winter (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
  • We reserve the right to anthologize published work. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author.
  • 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.

Ends on September 15, 2018$7.00 - 15.00
$7.00 - 15.00

Earl Weaver, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, was manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 years (1968-1982 and 1985-1986). The legend, who died in 2013, once said that baseball is all "pitching, defense, and the three-run homer." This contest is dedicated to The Earl of Baltimore.

The 2018 Baseball Issue will be edited by Publisher/Chief Baseball Officer Andrew Keating, who will also select finalists.

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 is welcomed!

Only entries submitted through this category will be considered for the prize. Works solicited by Cobalt may appear in the issue, but will not be prize-eligible.

Regardless of genre, each work should have baseball as a central theme or key component.

Before anything else, you should check out the last five baseball issues

Contest Guidelines:

  • Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and experimental writing are welcome for this contest. There are no length requirements; just don't send us a book-length work (excerpts are totally fine).
  • Files should be submitted in .doc/.docx (preferred, to expedite editing) or PDF format.
  • One story/essay/poem per entry. You may submit multiple works, but must enter them separately, paying separate entry fees.
  • The entry fee for this contest is $7.00 per submission.
  • We have a preference for previously unpublished works; however, we gladly accept previously-published work for the baseball issue and prize. 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.
  • Submissions close at 11:59 EST on September 15, 2018.
  • Submissions will be reviewed and accepted/declined on a rolling basis.


  • One winner will be selected and awarded $100.00.
  • Finalists and semifinalists will be published in the annual baseball issue, published in October 2018.

Cobalt retains the right to anthologize works published in all issues. All other rights revert to the author.

The "5 Years of Cobalt Baseball" Anthology
This book will be released near the start of the 2018 MLB season (likely mid-April). Submitters to this year's contest will be able to purchase a discounted copy of the anthology as pre-order or after the release. Use the payment options on this form to order a discounted copy with your submission.

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.

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