Sadly, due to budget cuts and academic changes brought on by covid-19, COG is closing its pages, and we are now closed for submissions, except for cover art. We are working on putting out a final summer print issue, so if you have not heard a reply pack by the end of August, assume your submission wasn't chosen for our final issue.
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.