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. 

The Journal invites you to celebrate Ohio’s rich and diverse literary culture with our themed issue “Flyover Country: Ohio Voices,” guest edited by Columbus poet Ruth Awad.

From indie publishers and university presses to the state’s many top-tier literary magazines, creative writing programs, reading series, open mics, and independent bookstores, Ohio is home to a thriving writing community and has nurtured the creative lives of numerous luminaries. We’re particularly interested in centering writers of color who are shaping Ohio’s literary landscape with meaningful connections to the state, whether you grew up here, have family here, blazed through your twenties here, or laid down roots here. Submissions don’t have to feature or be set in Ohio, though we of course welcome those that do. We always value work that is personal and political, that feels urgent and necessary. For this issue, Ruth Awad is particularly excited about transformative work that imagines what’s possible for our communities, our futures, and our world.

It’s free to submit, and submissions close on May 1. We plan to publish the issue online in June.

Young artists are flourishing in Ohio, as seen in the success of programs like JustWrite and Pages: Art & Writing. With “Flyover Country: Ohio Voices,” guest edited by Columbus poet Ruth Awad, The Journal wants to celebrate young writers, too. We invite submissions from students of color currently enrolled in Ohio high schools. Submissions don’t have to feature or be set in Ohio, though we of course welcome those that do. We always value work that is personal and political, that feels urgent and necessary. For this issue, Ruth Awad is particularly excited about transformative work that imagines what’s possible for our communities, our futures, and our world.

It’s free to submit, and submissions close on May 1. We plan to publish the issue online in June.

Our current issue features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from: Patrycja Humienik, Jessica Kim, Angelo Mao, Ilana Bean, Anthony Correale, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, and many more.



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 in high-quality PDF or TIFF files (at least 300 dpi) and include a short, third-person bio with your submission.

Title your submission with the title you want for the whole body of work. One option is to title it "Selections From..." and include the name of your series.

You may include an artist statement, but it is not required.


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.

We are NOT looking for visual poetry at this time - please direct your poetry submissions to the poetry section.

We do our best to offer you a response within six months of your submission. If you have not heard from us by that time window, please feel free to send us a check-in email at: art@thejournalmag.org.


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. 
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.


By subscribing to The Journal, you will receive our two print issues, Winter and Summer, delivered to the address you enter. Our two online issues, Spring and Autumn, are available at thejournalmag.org.


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