• 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’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Ohio writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    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.


    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.


    Cincinnati Review

    Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews and artwork.


    Cleveland State University Poetry Center

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


    Derby Rotten Scoundrels

    Guest speakers and feedback in monthly writing group for crime writers in the Ohio River Valley area. A local chapter of Sisters in Crime.


    The 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.


    Forklift, Ohio

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


    Fourth & Sycamore

    The literary journal of the Greenville Public Library.


    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.


    Kenyon Review

    Founded in 1939, this well-known journal publishes prose, poetry, plays, translations and more, and also offers writing workshops and writing retreats.


    Mid-American Review

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


    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.


    New Ohio Review

    A publication of Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program.


    Ohio Poetry Association

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


    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.


    Ohioana Book Festival 

    Annual book festival bringing together Ohio writers and readers.


    Ohioana Library

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


    Quarter After Eight

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


    Thurber House

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


    Whiskey Island

    A literary magazine published by Cleveland State University.


    Help us add to this list, Ohioans! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or an Ohio literary journal we should be aware of? Let us know here