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 12, 2020, 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:

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

Submissions for the 2020 Wheeler Poetry prize are currently closed, and will open again in September 2021.

The 2020 judge for The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize is Marcus Jackson.

Marcus Jackson was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After earning his BA at the University of Toledo, he continued his poetry studies in NYU’s graduate creative writing program and as a Cave Canem fellow.

​His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Tin House, among other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitled Neighborhood Register, was released in 2011, and his second book-length collection, Pardon My Heart, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2018.
​Marcus lives with his wife and daughter in Columbus, Ohio and teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.


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.