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.

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.

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 deadlines for each issue are generally around Nov 1st (fall) May 1st (spring) and August 1st (summer).

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 Leonard Crosby and his 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:
Two of COG's three 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 purchasing 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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.