General Guidelines


We accept literary submissions in any genre. We do not reprint previously published work, book reviews, or unsolicited translations. Our submission periods are September 15th to December 15th, and January 15th to April 15th, but we will consider work year-round from subscribers. 

We recommend considering the page count of your work before submitting. Since NOR is a relatively thin volume, a prose piece of more than 20 pages will have to work hard to find a place. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know in your cover letter and inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Please submit only once per reading period in each genre unless we request more work. 

We truly appreciate your interest in our magazine and we hope you will subscribe!

FORMAT: 

Poems should be individually typed, either single- or double-spaced, on one side of the page. (Please do not send more than six poems in a single submission.) Prose should be typed, double-spaced on one side. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. If you are submitting through our online system, we prefer Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx).

RESPONSE TIME: 

Approximately 2 - 4 months 

WITHDRAWAL: 

Prose: please click "remove" on the submission manager to delete the entire document.
Poetry: please click "activity" on the submission to add a note indicating which poem you would like withdrawn from consideration.

You may submit one story per submission. Prose should be typed, double-spaced, and be no longer than 20 pages. 


Submissions for this contest are blind. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission--including name, email address, and mailing address. 


$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 26. 


Stories that are not selected will still be considered for publication.


Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 26 and 27).


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Claire Vaye Watkins bio (from clairevayewatkins.com:

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, Pushcart Prize XLIII and many others. A Guggenheim Fellow, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and Granta‘s “Best Young American Novelists,” Claire is the director and co-founder, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a festival of art and literature in the Mojave Desert.


You may submit one essay/memoir per submission. Prose should be typed, double-spaced, and be no longer than 20 pages. 


Submissions for this contest are blind. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission--including name, email address, and mailing address. 


$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 26. 


Pieces that are not selected will still be considered for publication.


Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 26 and 27).

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Kiese Laymon bio (from kieselaymon.com):

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. 

Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division  and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. 

Heavy, shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Kirkus Prize, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the The Undefeated, New York TimesPublishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Library Journal The Washington Post Southern Living Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times Critics. It was also named Audible’s “Audiobook of the Year.” Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, ESPN the Magazine, Granta, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Fader, Oxford American, Vanity Fair, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, Paris Review, Guernica and more. 

You may submit up to 6 single-spaced pages of poetry per submission entry. 


Submissions for this contest are blind. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission--including name, email address, and mailing address. 


$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 26. 


Pieces that are not selected will still be considered for publication.


Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 26 and 27).

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Tyehimba Jess bio (from tyehimbajess.net)

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and OlioOlio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.”

Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He presented his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.  

Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.


One story per submission. Prose should be typed double-spaced and be no longer than 20 pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. Please include your email address, mailing address, and genre at the top of your submission. 

Subscribers may submit two stories per reading period.
One essay per submission. Prose should be typed double-spaced and be no longer than 20 pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. Please include your email address, mailing address, and genre at the top of your submission. 

Subscribers may submit two essays per reading period.
Each typed poem should be on a new page. Please single- or double-space. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. Please include your email address, mailing address, and genre at the top of your submission. 

Subscribers may submit up to four batches of poems per reading period.
Ends on April 15, 2019$3.00
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One story per submission. Prose should be typed double-spaced and be no longer than 20 pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. 

Please submit in .doc or .docx

Limit to one submission per reading period unless we request more.

Ends on April 15, 2019$3.00
$3.00

One essay per submission. Prose should be typed double-spaced and be no longer than 20 pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. 

Please submit in .doc or .docx. 

Limit to one submission per reading period unless we request more.

Ends on April 15, 2019$3.00
$3.00

Submit up to six pages of poetry. Each typed poem should be on a new page. Please single- or double-space. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but  be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. 

Please use .doc or .docx file type.

Limit to one submission per reading period unless we request more, or unless you are a subscriber.

Thank you!


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If you are using this portal to submit a second contest entry, please indicate "CONTEST" in your cover letter.


Subscribers who wish to submit a regular submission in any genre can do so for free. In your cover letter, please let us know when you subscribed so we can cross-check our records. 


Please also specify the genre of your piece.


Please use .doc or .docx file type.


Subscribers also have the right to submit during the summer months and during our winter break.


They may also submit twice per reading period.


If you'd like to subscribe, check the subscription options elsewhere on Submittable. And please see our guidelines before you submit as well.

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