The award-winning literary journal of The Ohio State University, The Journal contributes significantly toward the literary landscape of Ohio and the nation. The Journal seeks to identify and encourage emerging writers while also attracting the work of established writers to create a diverse and compelling magazine. The Journal has recently had poems reproduced in the Best American Poetry anthology.

The Journal, originally titled The Ohio Journal, was founded in 1973 by William Allen of the English Department at The Ohio State University, and has been published continuously ever since. David Citino served as Editor from 1985 to 1990 and was a contributing editor until his death in 2005. Michelle Herman and Kathy Fagan became Fiction Editor and Poetry Editor, respectively, in 1990 and currently serve as Advisory Editors. The graduate staff has maintained The Journal’s commitment to publishing the best work by new and emerging writers around Ohio and the nation, including writing not easily classified by genre, excerpts from novels, longer stories, and other daring or wholly original pieces.

Over the course of its forty-year history, The Journal has published prominent writers such as Carl Phillips, Mary Jo Bang, John D’Agata, Denise Duhamel, Michael Martone, Terrance Hayes, Lia Purpura, Ander Monson, Brenda Hillman, D.A. Powell, Linda Bierds, Jericho Brown, and Donald Ray Pollack. The Journal is published four times annually: two print issues, in Winter and Summer, and two online issues, in Spring and Autumn.

In order to comply with federal, state, and local laws (including the Ohio Public Records Act), as well as Ohio State policies, communications with The Journal may be required to be disclosed publicly.

The Journal is in part sustained by the generous contributions of our donors. Those interested in supporting The Journal should visit this link. 



At The Journal, we believe that diverse voices make for more compelling art and writing. In order to create a literary magazine that mirrors the complexity of the human experience, we are committed to seeking out and supporting people of all marginalized identities, including race, class, sexuality and gender identity, age, and those with disabilities. Other dimensions may include, but are not limited to, nationality and national origin, religion, ethnicity, chronic illness, and veteran status.

We understand that diversity has many dimensions, and we seek to create an artistic space where those differences are celebrated and supported for the good of not just this literary space, but all literary spaces.

Because of this mission, issues of respect and accessibility are especially important to us. If there is a way that The Journal can make submitting, reading, or enjoying the magazine easier for you, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are committed to making this a space that is limited only by our imaginations, and not by systematic, internalized, or technological prejudice.