Cobalt Writing Prize Announcement: The Finalists
Written by Andrew Keating
Any writer will tell you that this business is filled with far more rejection than acceptance. We work tirelessly at our craft, structure our lives around the ability to put together a certain number of pages in a day, or we baffle our friends and families with how many times we edited that story. By the “final” version of a poem, not a single word from the original draft remains.
As a managing editor, my happiest moments come in the acceptance notifications – particularly when I have the opportunity to be the first to publish a writer’s work. And as a writer, I know that acceptances are not taken lightly. I know of no writer who brushes off an acceptance letter (I am known to run through my house shouting at the top of my lungs, for instance).
Therefore, I am thrilled – honored – to be announcing the finalists of the First Annual Cobalt Writing Prize today. Three works were selected in each fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These works will be published in the first print edition of Cobalt this fall. Additionally, one winner will be selected in each genre over the next couple of weeks.
Here are the finalists:
- Eileen Kelley: “Pusser”
- Mark Wagstaff: “Ms. Smith”
- Sandra Hunter: “Modern Jazz Parade”
- Chelsey Clammer: “I Have Been Thinking About”
- Marissa Korbel: “Drawing Blood”
- Cindy Zelman: “Stuck in the Middle”
- Kevin McLellan: “At the Beginning”
- Steven Leyva: “Rare in the East”
- Sandra Kolankiewicz: “Grief Game”
Congratulations to the nine finalists. It’s an exciting time for all of us, and we are proud to be publishing your exceptional work in our first issue.
Be on the lookout for the winner announcement later this month!