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 – October 10, 2021, 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 21, 2021. In addition to publication, each award carries with it a cash prize.

Please direct all inquiries to: prize@thejournalmag.org


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

Submissions for the 2021 Wheeler Poetry prize are currently open.

The 2021 judge for The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize is Kathy Fagan.

Kathy Fagan’s latest collection is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is also the author of the National Poetry Series selection The Raft (Dutton, 1985), the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (Univ of North Texas, 1999), The Charm (Zoo, 2002), and Lip (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2009). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, FIELD, Narrative, The New Republic, The Nation, and Poetry, among other literary magazines, and is widely anthologized. Fagan was named Ohio Poet of the Year for 2017, and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Frost Place, Ohioana, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. The Director of Creative Writing and the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, she is currently Professor of English, Co-editor the OSU Press Wheeler Prize for Poetry series, and Advisor to The Journal.


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

Submissions for the 2020 Non/Fiction Prize open February 1st.

The 2021 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Nick White.

Originally from Mississippi, Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and the story collection Sweet and Low. He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, Catapult, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review,The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a new novel.