Each year, The Journal selects one full-length manuscript of poetry for publication by Mad River Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $2500.
Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be electronically submitted during the month of September.
Please note: Your name or other identification should appear only on a separate cover page. No identifying information should be included on the manuscript. All manuscripts will be read anonymously.
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified in the acknowledgements page.
A nonrefundable handling fee of $28.00 will be charged for each entry. Entrants will receive a one-year subscription to The Journal.
The winning entry, screened by the editorial staff of The Journal and chosen by The Ohio State University Press’s Poetry Editor, Kathy Fagan, will be announced the following January.