DRIVING PROGRESS BY ENGAGEMENT
Sadly, due to budget cuts and academic changes brought on by covid-19, after five years, COG is closing it pages. We are now closed for submissions, except for cover art. We are working on putting out a final summer print issue, which we hope to complete by the end of August. If you have not heard a reply pack by the end of August, assume your submission wasn't chosen for our final issue. Thank you to all our readers, all our authors, and to all the students who have worked on Cog over the years.
COG publishes literary fiction and poetry involving the magical, the strange, the rebellious, and the outlandish. Our stories have complex characters, in messy relationships, on a variety of adventures. We also create digital media (animations, podcasts, and artwork) following a similar style. Click the links below to see more.
COG publish two free online issues per year, in November and May—as well as the annual print issue in August. 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.
Cog has two annual contests, the COG Poetry awards, and the COG Page to Screen Awards, whose winners have their work built into a short piece of animation by select teams of Digital Art and Animation and Audio Music technology students. In addition to digital and print publication, they receive a blurb from a celebrity judge (past judges include Juan Felipe Herrera, Daniel Handler, George Saunders, Dave Eggers, and Gish Jen) and a cash award.
Start your exploration below . . .
Stories, poems, nonfiction, interviews and much more by a high-caliber lineup of established and emerging artists including Geoge Saunders, Gish Jen, TC Boyle, Opal Palmer Adisa, Ron Padgett, Tomas Moniz, Molly Giles, Dave Eggers, Kiese Laymon, Charlie Jane Anders and Paul S. Flores.
To authors who'll read to you until you're content as a kid after a bedtime story.
to Cogitate, our audio series.
to artists and industry professionals discussing their work.
Videos created solely for COG featuring literature, arts and music.
Chris Baker's game and lit reviews.
COG's animated shorts, 2D animations, graphic novels and illustration series (forthcoming).
“And I loved the way my voice sounded, so rich and full, when it came out.” - April Sinclair
by Laur Freymiller
"'Australia was bigger than he'd imagined.' Sid is an American tourist on honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Charlene. The ramifications from an accident while en route to their hotel prove to be greater than Sid can imagine also. Self-centered and detached, Sid shows little emotion after hitting a dog on the road. Charlene by contrast is visibly upset and expresses concern. The accident in 'Accidents' highlights the underlying tension and division between the couple and triggers an intense, unpredictable and revealing journey."
2018'S WINNING STORY
(premiering soon as an animated short...)
2017'S WINNING STORY