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Poetry: please click "activity" on the submission to add a note indicating which poem you would like withdrawn from consideration.

Ends on April 15, 2018$20.00
$20.00
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 24. 

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

Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 24 and 25).

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Award-winning author Mary Gaitskill is best known for delivering powerful stories of dislocation, longing, and desire with prose that “glides lightly over unsoundable depths” (Village Voice). She is the author of two novels: The Mare (2015), Veronica (2005), which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and LA Times Book Award, and Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1991). She is the author of the story collections Don’t CryBad Behavior, and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998. Bad Behavior, now a classic, made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and established her as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Gaitskill is also the author of the essay collection Somebody With A Little Hammer (2017). About her story collection, Don’t Cry, Bomb Magazine declared: “Written with her distinctive, uncanny combination of bluntness and high lyricism, Don’t Cry takes its place among artworks of great moral seriousness.”

Gaitskill’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the feature film of the same name starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction, and in 2010 she was awarded a Cullman Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She has taught at U-C Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, Brown, and Syracuse University.

Mary Gaitskill was born in 1954 in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1981 Gaitskill graduated from the University of Michigan, where she won an award for her collection of short fiction The Woman Who Knew Judo and Other Stories.


(Bio from Blue Flower Arts)

Ends on April 15, 2018$20.00
$20.00
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 24. 

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

Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 24 and 25).
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Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012A Public SpaceMcSweeney’sTin HouseOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionVirginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Timesbestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.


(bio from roxanegay.com)

Ends on April 15, 2018$20.00
$20.00
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 24. 

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

Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription (issues 24 and 25).
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oet and editor Kevin Prufer was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned degrees from Wesleyan University, Hollins University, and Washington University. His work, which has been praised for its elegiac attention to the banalities of the contemporary United States, includes In a Beautiful Country (2011), a finalist for the Rilke Prize and listed as a 2011 Notable Book by the Academy of American Poets, and National Anthem (2008), named best poetry book of the year by the Virginia Quarterly Review. Other collections of poetry include Fallen From a Chariot (2005), The Finger Bone (2002, reissued 2013), and Strange Wood (1997). A bilingual edition of Prufer’s poetry appeared in Germany as Wir wollten Amerika finden: ausgewählte Gedichte: zweisprachig (2011), selected and translated by Norbert Lange and Susanna Mewe. 
 
Prufer edits the journal Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing; other editing projects include Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W.S. Merwin (coeditor with Jonathan Weinert, 2012), Dunstan Thompson: on the Life & Work of a Lost American Master (with D.A. Powell, 2010), New European Poets (with Wayne Miller, 2008), Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (with Joy Katz, 2006), and The New Young American Poets: An Anthology (2000). 
 
Prufer’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. He has received three Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Poetry Society of America, and the William Rockhill Nelson award. He is a professor in the English Department at the University of Houston.

(bio from Poetry Foundation)
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, 2018$3.00
$3.00
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 limit to one submission per reading period unless we request more.
Ends on April 15, 2018$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 limit to one submission per reading period unless we request more.
Ends on April 15, 2018$3.00
$3.00
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 limit to 2 batches of poems per reading period unless we request more.


SUBSCRIBERS TO NEW OHIO REVIEW ONLY 

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.

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.