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, 2019, 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 1, 2020. 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.

Submissions for the 2019 Wheeler Poetry prize are currently closed, and will open again in September 2020.

The 2019 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 of 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 2020 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Michelle Herman.

Michelle Herman is the author of three novels – Missing, Dog, and Devotion – and the novella collection A New and Glorious Life, as well as three essay collections – The Middle of EverythingStories We Tell Ourselves  (longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), and Like A Song (winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award) – and a book for childrenA Girl’s Guide to Life.

Her essays and short fiction have appeared in American ScholarO, the Oprah Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Conjunctions, The Southern ReviewStory, and many other journals, and among her awards and honors are numerous individual artist’s fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Copernicus Foundation, and two major teaching awards – the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Rodica Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring – from Ohio State, where she has taught creative writing since 1988 and directs a graduate interdisciplinary program in the arts and an all-scholarship summer writing program for teenagers in Columbus, Ohio.

A New Yorker by birth and temperament, born in Brighton Beach and educated in New York City public schools and at Brooklyn College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has lived for many years in Columbus with her husband, the painter Glen Holland. Their daughter, Grace, used to live there too, but now she is grown, and her mother dispenses parenting advice on Slate.