COG's literary competitions run Dec 15-Jan 31 (poetry) and April 1-April 31st (fiction). Visit Submittable for guidelines and to send us your work. Award winners receive:

  • publication online and in the print issue

  • Blurb from a celebrity judge

  • a $500 prize 

  • poetry or fiction 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 Audio & Music Technology programs.

This year's COG Poetry contest is now open!  

COG is proud to announce that the 2019-20 COG Poetry Awards final judge is poet, performer, and artist Anaïs Duplan: 


Anaïs Duplan is a trans poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays on black digital media artists, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His writing has been published by The Paris Review, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America.  

Photo: Dan Muse


2017'S winning poem, Lullaby by Megan Merchant come to life

"Winner Megan Merchant's poetry has the sudden fall into dream, tenderness, awakenings and delicate and crystalline images - the tone and lines are just right and seem to be in the language of a forest at night and the unseen eye in the wave."

- 2017 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera


 “And I loved the way my voice sounded, so rich and full, when it came out.”


- April Sinclair
Final Judge, 2019 COG Page to Screen Awards
Here's what YA legend April Sinclair, honored by the American Library Association and voted #43 Favorite Author of the 20th Century, has to say about:
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."



Lindsay Hunter

Venita Blackburn




“Time is a conversation that

continues to move whether or

not you are paying attention.”

- Hieu Minh Nguyen
Final Judge, 2019 COG Poetry Awards

Here's what poet, performer and NEA fellow

Hieu Minh Nguyen, featured on PBS Newshour

and named one of "15 Poets You Need to be Reading in 2018," has to say about:  


by John Sibley Williams

“Reading these poems, it’s evident that John Sibley Williams is a poet with complete control. The texture of his lines is rich and precise. The syntax demands attention and participation. As readers we get the pleasure of untangling each sentence, each line, into not just meaning, but an accumulation of surprising language and images. The speaker in these poems says, I’m not sure how to explain myself / to myself. These poems don’t falsely posture with knowledge, but rather, present us with a catalog of curiosities, a longing to understand all the things we are afraid to name.” 


Kai Blevins

Clifford Thompson

Jared Hayley

Past judges, award-winners, and video adaptions: