Each issue of COG is a curiously constructed curation offered up by the students of Cogswell College

We publish three online issues per year, in November, February and May - as well as the Summer/Fall print issue.

COG is not a venue for student work; rather, the staff is comprised of students who solicit, screen and edit content from writers and artists.

Our two annual literary competitions, the COG Page to Screen Awards or the COG Poetry Awards were most recently judged by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket; and A. Van Jordan. 

COG is currently accepting submissions for the 2016-17 COG Page to Screen Awards, judged by Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington - a dazzling storyteller whom the Atlantic dubbed "NPR's Great Black Hope."
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Huzzah, and much nerdy dancing!

COG is deeply honored to announce that Major Jackson, honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress - and winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and Whiting Writers' Award - will serve as the 2017-18 COG Poetry Awards final judge. 

So pick up your pencil or rev up your laptop, poet. We can't wait to read your work.

. . . poetry, like all imaginative creations, divines the human enterprise. This is poetry's social value.”   - Major Jackson

The COG Poetry Awards are open to all poets except those attending, teaching at or otherwise closely affiliated with Cogswell College. 

Do your poems thrill with their precise and nimble wording; their insight and intensity? Do they alternate nimbly between closely examined moments, imagery or nuances and larger human themes - gluing readers' eyes to the page or screen as inescapably as (if more pleasurably than) the Ludovico technique dreamed up in Clockwork Orange? Are they previously unpublished and no longer than two single-spaced pages per poem? If so, read on. 

The 2017-18 winner will receive: 

  • Publication online and in the print issue, as well as a $1,000 prize.

  • A blurb about your poetry by our fantabulous 2017-18 final judge, Major Jackson.

  • Your poetry adapted as an animated short film, 2D animation, graphic book/ebook or series of interpretive illustrations by students in Cogswell's celebrated Digital Art & Animation and Digital Audio Technology programs.

Results will be announced in February 2018. The short, animated film based upon the winning piece will be completed within one year and released first online for COG's international audience. 

We consider: 

  • Cohesive poetry sets consisting of 1-6 poems, all unpublished, none longer than 2 single-spaced pages. 
  • Multiple submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.
We do not consider: 
  • Published work, or work scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to February 31, 2018. 
All submissions are read blind.  Submissions are screened by COG's editorial staff. Judges read all finalist pieces. Please upload your poems in a single file and do not include any identifying information on the manuscript.

We invite writers whose work falls outside of the COG Poetry Awards criteria to explore our other submission categories.
Want to pitch a story for Cogitate, our audio broadcast?

Ask yourself:

Is this story a revealing exploration of something nobody's heard before? Will it grab our listening audience by the ears, then box or caress them? Will it be downright impossible to stop listening once one starts - because the narrator or interviewee is a great talker and the story's conflict, twist or mystery won't be revealed right away but instead unfold in a satisfying series of surprises? 

If the answer to every question is "Yes," read on:

Cogitate deals in truth, not fiction (though blurred lines in literary pieces - poetry or prose - are fine) and we prefer it straight from the source. Therefore, our shows often consist of three segments: one a literary piece (check out John Panzer's segment in the Shifty episode); one a thought piece (Lisa Schiffman's Shifty segment); one an interview (Tay Off the Top's Shifty segment). Cogitate doesn't plug or degrade any organization, perspective or individual. Cogitate stories aren't cogitation/meditation; rather, they >cause< cogitation and meditation on the listener's part.

Still with us? Read on: 

Relay the fundamental aspects of your story in half a page or so.

Give us a sense of the tone as well as the story arc: beginning, middle and end. Let us know who will tell the story, and what makes him or her a good talker. 

We will let you know whether the story's right for an upcoming episode of Cogitate (it may be a great story, but simply not fit in with our upcoming themes). If it is, prepare to be heard. 
 

Submissions: For filmmakers: we accept general, previously unreleased video submissions here in the ether only; not via postal services or email. Please format your submission in one of the following file types: .mp4, MOV or WMV. 

For folks with an idea we can translate to video: Want to pitch a video idea for the COG Original Video Series, to be produced by Cogswell Polytechnical College students in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Ask yourself: 

Will my idea translate to an eye-grabbing, ear-invading video audiences can't tear away from? Can it be produced on a college's shoestring budget? (The shoestring is invisible, in fact, and weighs nothing.) 


If the answer to every question is "Yes," read on:

COG's original videos must be:

  • Literary, i.e. storytelling founded in prose (including fiction, creative nonfiction and journalism) or poetry (including spoken word, etc.) but... the video need not be of a storyteller. It can tell a story with whatever images you see fit. 
OR
  • Arts-drenched: featuring music, visual art, film, literature, dance... the arts.

Still with us? Read on: 

Relay the fundamental aspects of your video pitch in half a page or so. 

Give us a sense of the tone as well as the story arc: beginning, middle and end. Let us know who will be in the video, and what you expect from COG's close-knit production team. 

We will let you know whether the idea is right for an upcoming issue (it may be a great story, but simply not fit in with this quarter's issue). If it is, prepare to be seen.
 

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please connect with us

Formatting: 720 to 1080 resolution. 

Submission Period: Video submissions (general) may be sent to Cog anytime, year-round.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions.


Response Time: We aim to be prompt. That said, we are a small and close-knit staff comprised of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and her students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Please bear with us, and feel free to contact us if we do not respond to your general submission within three months.

Submission Fees: Three of COG's four carefully curated issues per annum are provided to our international audience for free - and we eschew the practice of charging even a nominal fee for unsolicited submissions. So have at it: upload your work for our consideration, free of charge. Then, consider subscribing to the print issue of COG or entering one of our fantabulous contests - each of which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to producing a high caliber, multimedia, online and print publication. All payments to COG support COG's hardworking student staff in planning, producing, publishing, distributing and promoting the issue. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the work of debut and emerging writers alongside that of highly visible authors - and your support advances that aim.

Payment to Artists: COG pays artists by producing your work free of cost, and shouting your name from the mountaintops. Rights revert to you, although we reserve - ad infinitum - the chance to present your work as part of our efforts to promote COG. We also pay authors via our two annual Awards contests. 

Video Submission Guidelines: We consider...

  • Video submissions of any length. 
  • Multiple submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.
  • Pitches for videos to be produced by students at Cogswell Polytechnical College.

We do not consider: 

  • Previously released work, or work scheduled to be released elsewhere prior to Cog's next issue. 
  • Excerpts from larger works that cannot also stand on their own as short videos.
  • Screenplays, treatments, poetry, artwork or design submissions.
  • Work not in English.


We invite filmmakers whose work falls outside of the COG Original Video Series (general) submission criteria to explore our other submission categories.

Submissions: We accept general text submissions here in the ether only; not via postal services or email. Please format your manuscript in one of the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf. We also submit audio and video poems. Please format your audio poetry in one of the following file types: .mp3 or WAV. Please format your video poetry in one of the following file types: .mp4, MOV or WMV.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please connect with us.

Formatting: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at 1" margins and sequentially numbered pages. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page as hard copies are sometimes assessed offline, away from our handy-dandy online submission system where cover letters are stored. 

Submission Period: Poetry submissions (general) may be sent to COG anytime, year-round.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions.

Response Time: We aim to be prompt. That said, we are a small and close-knit staff comprised of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and her students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Please bear with us, and feel free to contact us if we do not respond to your general submission within three months.

Submission Fees: Three of COG's four carefully curated issues per annum are provided to our international audience for free - and we eschew the practice of charging even a nominal fee for unsolicited submissions. So have at it: upload your work for our consideration, free of charge. Then, consider subscribing to the print issue of COG or entering one of our fantabulous contests - each of which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to producing a high caliber, multimedia, online and print publication. All payments to COG support COG's hardworking student staff in planning, producing, publishing, distributing and promoting the issue. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the work of debut and emerging writers alongside that of highly visible authors - and your support advances that aim.

Payment to Authors: COG pays authors via our two annual Awards contests.

Poetry Submission Guidelines: We consider...

  • Cohesive poetry sets consisting of 5-6 poems, all unpublished, none longer than 2 single-spaced pages. 
  • Multiple submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.
We do not consider: 
  • Published work, or work scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to Cog's next issue. 
  • Work not in English.

We invite writers whose work falls outside of the Poetry Submissions (general) criteria to explore our other submission categories.

Submissions: We accept general text submissions here in the ether only; not via postal services or email. Please format your manuscript in one of the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf. We also submit audio and video stories. Please format your audio fiction in one of the following file types: .mp3 or WAV. Please format your video fiction in one of the following file types: .mp4, MOV or WMV.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please connect with us

Formatting: All manuscripts should be in double-spaced, 12-point type, with at 1" margins and sequentially numbered pages. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page as hard copies are sometimes assessed offline, away from our handy-dandy online submission system where cover letters are stored. 

Submission Period: Fiction submissions (general) may be sent to COG anytime, year-round.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions.

Response Time: We aim to be prompt. That said, we are a small and close-knit staff comprised of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and her students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Please bear with us, and feel free to contact us if we do not respond to your general submission within three months.

Submission Fees: Three of COG's four carefully curated issues per annum are provided to our international audience for free - and we eschew the practice of charging even a nominal fee for unsolicited submissions. So have at it: upload your work for our consideration, free of charge. Then, consider subscribing to the print issue of COG or entering one of our fantabulous contests - each of which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to producing a high caliber, multimedia, online and print publication. All payments to COG support COG's hardworking student staff in planning, producing, publishing, distributing and promoting the issue. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the work of debut and emerging writers alongside that of highly visible authors - and your support advances that aim.

Payment to Authors: COG pays authors via our two annual Awards contests.

Fiction Submission Guidelines: We consider...

  • Unpublished short stories no longer than 7,000 words. 
  • Multiple submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.

We do not consider: 

  • Published work, or work scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to COG's next issue. 
  • Excerpts from larger works that cannot also stand on their own as short pieces.
  • Screenplays, treatments, poetry, artwork or design submissions.
  • Work not in English.


We invite writers whose work falls outside of the Fiction Submissions (general) criteria to explore our other submission categories.

Submissions: We accept general text submissions here in the ether only; not via postal services or email. Please format your manuscript in one of the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf. We also submit audio and video nonfiction stories. Please format your audio fiction in one of the following file types: .mp3 or WAV. Please format your video fiction in one of the following file types: .mp4, MOV or WMV.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please connect with us

Formatting: All manuscripts should be in double-spaced, 12-point type, with at 1" margins and sequentially numbered pages. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page as hard copies are sometimes assessed offline, away from our handy-dandy online submission system where cover letters are stored. 

Submission Period: Creative nonfiction submissions (general) may be sent to COG anytime, year-round.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions.

Response Time: We aim to be prompt. That said, we are a small and close-knit staff comprised of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and her students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Please bear with us, and feel free to contact us if we do not respond to your general submission within three months.

Submission Fees: Three of COG's four carefully curated issues per annum are provided to our international audience for free - and we eschew the practice of charging even a nominal fee for unsolicited submissions. So have at it: upload your work for our consideration, free of charge. Then, consider subscribing to the print issue of COG or entering one of our fantabulous contests - each of which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to producing a high caliber, multimedia, online and print publication. All payments to COG support COG's hardworking student staff in planning, producing, publishing, distributing and promoting the issue. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the work of debut and emerging writers alongside that of highly visible authors - and your support advances that aim.

Payment to Authors: COG pays authors via our two annual Awards contests.

Creative Nonfiction Submission Guidelines: We consider...

  • Unpublished creative nonfiction pieces no longer than 7,000 words. 
  • Multiple submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.

We do not consider: 

  • Published work, or work scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to COG's next issue. 
  • Excerpts from larger works that cannot also stand on their own as short pieces.
  • Screenplays, treatments, poetry, artwork or design submissions.
  • Work not in English.


We invite writers whose work falls outside of the Creative Nonfiction Submissions (general) criteria to explore our other submission categories.

If you displayed your artwork in a garden, would all the irises turn toward it?

Then maybe it's right for COG. 

Our cover art features portraits (human, animal, or alien) with cogs incorporated somewhere in the art piece. Please consider...
  • Cover art will be published on our website, which has a dark grey background, or in full-color, 5.5"x8.5" invisible-bound print journal format. We do not consider previously published artwork, or artwork scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to Cog's next issue.
Submissions:
We only accept high-resolution submissions via a file or link sent via Submittable; not the USPO or email. Please submit your artwork in one of the following file types: JPEG, TIFF. 

Technical Difficulties:
If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please connect with us.

Formatting:
Artwork should be appropriate to being resized at 5.5”x8.5” with a .25” margin all around. Important elements and must be within the margin. Image must be saved in RGB at 300dpi. Submissions will be judged blind; therefore, do not include identifying information (name, signature, watermark) on the artwork or in the file name.

Submission Period: 
We accept cover art submissions year-round. The deadline to submit to our next issue is November 1, 2016.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions:
We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions.

Response Time:
We aim to be prompt. That said, we are a small and close-knit staff comprised of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and her students at Cogswell College. Please bear with us, and feel free to contact us if we do not respond to your general submission within three months.

Submission Fees:
Three of COG's four carefully curated issues per annum are provided to our international audience for free - and we eschew the practice of charging even a nominal fee for unsolicited submissions. So have at it: upload your work for our consideration, free of charge. Then, consider subscribing to the print issue of COG or entering one of our fantabulous contests - each of which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to producing a high caliber, multimedia, online and print publication. All payments to COG support COG's hardworking student staff in planning, producing, publishing, distributing and promoting the issue. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the work of debut and emerging writers alongside that of highly visible authors - and your support advances that aim.