• Ohio Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Ohio, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Ohio, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Antioch Writers’ Workshop

    Offers instruction in the creative writing craft and in the professional skills creative writers need to succeed in the publishing world, as well as opportunities for connecting to a vibrant, supportive creative writing community.

    Kenyon Review Writers Workshop

    A week-long workshop and retreat. Workshops are held for three hours each morning, focusing on writing exercises, reading and critiquing work, and talking about writing technique. The afternoons allow private time for reading and writing. Evenings are spent with public readings from instructors, visiting writers and workshop participants.

    Kenyon Review

    Founded in 1939, this well-known journal publishes prose, poetry, plays, translations and more.

    Thurber House

    The Thurber House (the home of humorist, author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber) is a non-profit literary center.

    Cleveland State University Poetry Center

    Promotes poetry through readings and community outreach, and is also the publisher of over 150 independent poetry book titles.

    Ohioana Library

    The Ohioana Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving and promoting the written work of Ohio’s writers, artists and musicians.

    Ohio Poetry Association

    An active group of poets and lovers of poetry who have a relationship with Ohio.

    Antioch Review

    Founded in 1941, this is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. It publishes fiction, essays and poetry from both emerging and established authors.

    Artful Dodge

    An Ohio-based literary magazine that publishes work with a strong sense of place and cultural landscape. Besides new American fiction, poetry and narrative essay, they’re also interested in contemporary literature in translation from all over the globe.

    Cincinnati Review

    Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews and artwork.

    The Journal

    The award-winning literary journal of Ohio State University, The Journal seeks to identify and encourage emerging writers while also attracting the work of established writers to create a diverse and compelling magazine.

    Ohio University Spring Literary Festival

    Features some of the world’s finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio.

    Mid-American Review

    An international literary journal dedicated to publishing the best contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction and translations.

    Beginnings Writing Conference

    The Ohio Literacy Resource Center invites students to submit original writings for review. Accepted submissions are published in a softbound book, Beginnings. Students whose work is accepted are invited to attend the day-long Ohio Writers’ Conference, along with their teacher and one paid guest.

    Ohioana Book Festival 

    Annual book festival bringing together Ohio writers and readers.

    Whiskey Island

    A literary magazine published by Cleveland State University.

    New Ohio Review

    A publication of Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program.

    Quarter After Eight

    An annual literary journal devoted to the exploration of innovative writing.

    Fourth & Sycamore

    The literary journal of the Greenville Public Library.

    Forklift, Ohio

    A journal of poetry, cooking, and light industrial safety.

    Mock Turtle Zine

    An independent publishing effort undertaken to give artists and authors in Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas a vehicle for sharing their work.


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