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 15, 2022. 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 2022 Non/Fiction Prize open February 1st.

The 2022 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Michelle Herman.

Michelle Herman is the author of three collections of personal essays, a collection of stories and novellas, and four novels, including her newest, Close-Up. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The SunAmerican ScholarO, the Oprah MagazinePloughsharesCreative NonfictionConjunctionsThe Southern Review, and many other journals, and she writes a weekly column for Slate. A co-founder of the MFA program at Ohio State, where she has taught since 1988, she also founded and directs a graduate interdisciplinary program across the arts at OSU.