Book Prizes

In partnership with The Ohio University State Press and the MFA program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University, The Journal offers two annual full-length book prizes, The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, which runs from September 1 – September 30, and the Non/Fiction Collection Prize, formerly known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, which runs from February 1 – March 1. In addition to publication, each award carries with it a cash prize.

Please direct all inquiries to:

For complete Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize guidelines, click here.

The 2018 judge for The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize is Marcus Jackson.


Marcus Jackson’s poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Tin House. His second full-length collection of poetry, Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), is out this year. He lives with his wife and son in Columbus, Ohio, and he teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.



For complete Non/Fiction Prize Guidelines, please click here.

The 2018 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Michelle Herman

Michelle Herman is the author of the novels Missing, Dog and Devotion; the collection of novellas A New and Glorious Life; the essay collections The Middle of EverythingStories We Tell Ourselves and Like A Song; and a book for children A Girl’s Guide to Life. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in ConjunctionsAmerican ScholarO, the Oprah MagazineThe Southern ReviewCreative NonfictionRedbookStory Quarterly and many other journals.

Her awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, numerous individual artist’s fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and two major teaching awards—the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Rodica Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring—from The Ohio State University, where she has taught since 1988.