A Special Note Regarding Submissions 

  • The Journal has closed all submissions until further notice. We are run by volunteer grad/undergrad editors and readers. Given OSU’s switch to remote learning and the closure of campus due to COVID-19, we are having to adjust to new schedules and responsibilities. We think this is the best call.

  • We’d like to ask for your patience during this process. We’ve experienced a huge increase in submissions this past year (thank you!!) and are navigating new territory. We will continue reading submissions we’ve received with great care, which can result in longer response times.

  • Please do not email inquiring about the status of your submission until it has reached the 9 month mark. Again, we really, really appreciate your patience and understanding, and please know that we give every submission we receive a detailed, multiple-person review.

  • Because we don’t have access to our offices, we’ll need to hold off on mailing back issues and subscriptions. Purchasing submissions/back issues remains closed for now. We’re crushed by this decision, but we’re doing our part to keep our volunteer student editors and readers safe.

  • Now, for some good news: we are still releasing our spring and summer issues, and we will still read the submissions we’ve already received. We hope to re-open submissions some time this summer. Your exemplary work is what keeps us going, so thank you, thank you, thank you! 



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. If your submission has been accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece or make a note via Submittable. 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.

Contributors to our print issues receive a one-year subscription to The Journal and two contributor’s copies, and contributors to our online issues receive a one-year subscription to The Journal. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer monetary payment to our contributors. Recent contributors, please wait at least one year from when your work appears in The Journal before submitting again.

Fiction: We welcome literary fiction submissions of all forms, including those that incorporate experimental or genre elements, though we generally do not publish straight genre fiction. Because we believe diverse voices make for richer and more diverse stories, we welcome submissions from all marginalized people, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTIA and the gender non-conforming, and those with disabilities.

All fiction submissions should be double-spaced. We are happy to consider self-contained excerpts of novels and long stories, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish stories longer than 10,000 words. Shorter fiction and flash fiction may be considered for online publication.

Essays: We are interested in nonfiction in any form, though we rarely publish academic writing or straight reportage.  We welcome memoir, personal essay, lyric and experimental work, hybrid forms, new journalism and non-academic cultural criticism.  And while we are open to all aesthetic and stylistic approaches, we especially value writing that is fresh, honest, self-aware, and well expressed.

We try to respond to submissions within four months, though it sometimes takes longer, and we generally don’t publish work over 6,000 words.

PoetryWe are currently closed for poetry submissions. Submissions will re-open in late summer 2020.

We are looking for fresh, surprising work that impresses us with its technique and technical control. We want poems with heart (emotional clarity and complication) and brains (theoretical engagement, logic and metaphors that stand up to further contemplation, mastery of syntax and diction). We are committed to publishing underrepresented voices, and we also appreciate work in which the author has a stake: poems that feel both true and necessary. Put simply, we are looking for poems that we would be happy to read over and over again, poems in which we could appreciate new meanings, details, and connections each time. 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 .

Please address all concerns or queries to the appropriate editor:

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

In order to comply with federal, state, and local laws (including the Ohio Public Records Act), as well as Ohio State policies, communications with The Journal may be required to be disclosed publicly.