NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: Web submissions are now open. However, we are temporarily suspending poetry submissions so that we can catch up on the hundreds we have. If you really want to send us poetry, you can always submit to the next print issue (which has a different review process).
The 2014 Cobalt Writing Prizes will open shortly after the second print issue is released.
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. If you are submitting multiple works of fiction/non-fiction, please submit them separately, not in one document. For poetry, please submit all poems in a single document with each poem starting on a new page. You may submit up to 5 poems at a time, and up to 2 works of prose. Poetry of any length is acceptable, though prose submissions are limited to 3,000 words (total, not individually). Send in a Word document (.doc/.docx), double spaced, Times/Times New Roman, size 12 font. The document should not have any identifying features, and only include the TITLE of the work and word count (for prose) at the top of the first page.
2. We do not accept previously published work. If you have any questions regarding these submission guidelines, or what we consider "previously published" contact email@example.com.
3. 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.
4. We are currently closing our submissions for full-length manuscripts. As you know, we have a book slated for release on June 1st, 2014. We're working hard on that and plan to take on 1-2 new works once the bulk of the work has been completed on that project.
5. 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.
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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.
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.
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.
The winning poem might not be published.
We can't guarantee that.
If you're not James Franco, you probably won't win this prize.
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.
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Cobalt is currently considering full length manuscripts of prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) or poetry for publication in late 2014 or early 2015.
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. Get them at www.cobaltpress.org.)