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 2017 judge for The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize is Kathy Fagan.

Kathy Fagan’s fifth collection of poetry, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2016. Her previous collections include Lip (Eastern Washington University Press, 2009); The Charm (Zoo Press, 2002); Moving & St. Rage (University of North Texas Press, 1999), winner of the 1998 Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry; and The Raft (Dutton Press, 1985), winner of the National Poetry Series.

Fagan is the recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. She is currently a professor of English and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University, poetry editor of OSU Press, and advisor to The Journal. 



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.