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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New Ohio Review Editors' Prize

Judged by Bianca Spriggs (Poetry) and Dinty W. Moore (Prose)

You may submit up to six pages of poetry. You may submit one essay/memoir or story per submission. Submissions for this contest are blind. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission--including name, email address, and mailing address. 

$500 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 25. 

Deadline:  January 14, 2019


Submissions for our annual New Ohio Review Contest run January 15 until April 15 annually. (The 2018 Contest is now closed.)

2019 New Ohio Review Contest (opening January 15th)


Fiction: Claire Vaye Watkins

Nonfiction: Kiese Laymon

Poetry: Tyehimba Jess

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

Prizes:  $1,000 prize in each genre

Deadline:  April 15, 2019


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.

2018 New Ohio Review Contest Winners

Fiction Prize, selected by Mary Gaitskill

“Return,” by Analia Villagra

Nonfiction Prize, selected by Roxane Gay

“Who's Loving You,” by Kelsey Ronan

Poetry Prize, selected by Kevin Prufer

“My Babysitter Karen B Who Was Sent to Willard Asylum,” by Jessica Cuello