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.
- Beginning later in the spring (exact date TBD), Cobalt will move to a weekly publishing schedule. Each Monday, one author's work will be published in The Cobalt Weekly on cobaltreview.com. This could be a short story, essay, one or more poems, a book review, an interview, or something entirely different.
- The annual baseball issue and Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize will continue to be published at the end of the Major League Baseball Season.
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 (except for the baseball issue). If you have any questions regarding these submission guidelines, or what we consider "previously published" contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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).
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 2019 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 six baseball issues.
- 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, 2019.
- 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.
Cobalt retains the right to anthologize works published in all issues. All other rights revert to the author.