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 January 15 – March 1. In addition to publication, each award carries with it a cash prize.

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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 2019 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Nick White.

Nick White is the author of two books of fiction: Sweet and Low, a collection of stories, and How to Survive a Summer, a novel. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Kenyon ReviewThe Hopkins Review, Electric Literature’s Required Reading, Catapult, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.