We are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We only accept writing that has not been previously published, whether in print or online.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Multiple submissions are not accepted and will not be read. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again. Please allow four to six months for a decision and submit no more than twice a year.

Each contributor receives a one-year subscription to The Journal and two contributor’s copies. Unfortunately, at this time we are only able to offer monetary payment to our art contributors. Recent contributors, please wait at least one year from when your work appears in The Journal before submitting again.

Fiction and essays: All prose submissions should be double-spaced. We are happy to consider self-contained excerpts of novels and long stories and essays, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish stories longer than 10,000 words and essays longer than 6,000 words.

The New Essay: a new online series from The Journal, seeks well-crafted essays between 2,000-4,000 words. Ideally, we’re looking for essays that blend the personal and political, essays that feel urgent and necessary. We’re especially seeking work from marginalized voices, including disabled writers, writers of color, and writers from the LGBTQ community. We’ll be publishing one essay each month.

Poetry: Please limit poetry submissions to 3 – 5 poems grouped in a single .doc or .pdf document.

Reviews and Interviews: Reviews should double-spaced and be no more than 1,200 words. We are particularly interested in reviews of new books that have been published within the last two years. Interviews should be double-spaced and between 6 – 12 pages.

Art: We’re interested in visual art of all media. We are looking for a cohesive suite of work that demonstrates a clear point of view. Please send 6 – 10 pieces of art and include a short bio with your submission.

Photo Essays: We publish photo essays in our online issues. Please send a collection of photos that shows curatorial intent and direction along with an introduction of up to 250 words contextualizing the work.

The Journal no longer accepts submissions via US mail. Please submit through our online submission manager: Submittable Online Submission System. Before submitting, please make sure you paste your intended piece(s) into a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf document.


Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system. For withdrawals of a single poem from a packet, there is no need to withdraw the entire submission; simply leave a comment on your submission via the submission manager.

For guidelines about submitting to The Journal/OSU Press Wheeler Poetry Prize, please go here.

For guidelines about submitting to the Non/Fiction Collection Prize (formerly The Short Fiction Prize), please go here.

For those that cannot access Submittable due to disability, please email or call 614-292-6065.


Please address all concerns or queries to the appropriate editor:

Managing Editor,
Fiction Editor,
Nonfiction Editor,
Poetry Editor,
Art Editor,
Reviews and Interviews Editor,