The fire swayed and dodged the men.
When they smacked at the fire, it jumped.

Michael Chitwood, "The Elements Will Have Their Way" from Issue 8

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2018 New Ohio Review Contest



Fiction: Mary Gaitskill

Nonfiction: Roxane Gay

Poetry: Kevin Prufer


Contest submissions run January 15 until April 15 annually. (The 2018 Contest is now closed.)

Entry Fee:
$20 (with a one-year subscription included)

Prizes:  $1,000 prize in each genre


Entrants may submit up to six single-spaced pages of poetry or 20 double-spaced pages of prose. If you are submitting through our online system, we prefer Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). Contest entries are judged blind, so please include your name in your cover letter only. No names should appear on contest manuscripts. Past contest winners may not enter again. Electronic submissions may be submitted via:


If subscribers wish to mail to our contest, submissions must be postmarked by April 15th and should be sent to:

New Ohio Review
English Dept.
79 S. Court Street
Lindley Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

All contest submissions will be considered for regular publication.

2017 New Ohio Review Contest Winners

Fiction (Selected by Colm Toibin)

Winner: David E. Yee, “Clean For Him the Ashes.”

Nonfiction (Selected by Phillip Lopate)

Winner: Rachel Cochran, “Sometimes the Mother Eats Her Young.”

Poetry (Selected by Rosanna Warren)

Winner: James Lineberger, “Where the Stars Are Hived,” “Convocation."