A Special Note Regarding Submissions 

  • Given OSU's switch to remote learning and the closure of campus due to COVID-19, we at The Journal are all adjusting to new schedules and responsibilities.  


  • 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 regular 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.
     
  • 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. 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 or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again. Please allow four to six months for a decision.

 

Contributors to print issues receive a one-year subscription to The Journal and two contributor’s copies, and contributors to online issues receive a one-year subscription. 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.


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. 

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fiction submissions of all forms, including those that incorporate experimental or genre elements, though we generally do not publish straight genre fiction.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.


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 or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

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.  All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced.

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 or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

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 (at least 300 dpi) and include a short bio with your submission. 

You can visit our online archives to preview the type of work we've accepted in the past. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission and withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.


Interviews should be double-spaced and between 6 – 12 pages.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission.
Reviews should double-spaced and be no more than 1,200 words. We are particularly interested in reviews of new books or prose or poetry that have been published within the last two years. 

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.

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 or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

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.

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