OSU-Lima Submissions

Hog Creek Review is an online publication designed to increase the visibility of work by emerging student authors and artists enrolled at The Ohio State University at Lima. The journal is published annually in May. Current and former students are eligible to submit.

Hog Creek Review asks for first publication rights and the right to archive accepted works on our website; all other rights revert back to the authors following publication.

Submissions of original work are accepted in the following areas: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, the academic essay, and performed and visual genres. Every submission must include an e-mail address (acceptance and rejection notices will be sent via e-mail). Manuscripts will not be returned, so please do not submit an only copy.

Works may be submitted from February 15 until the first official day of class each Spring Quarter (immediately following spring break).

  •  Poetry: One to seven poems, one poem per page, preferred under 50 lines each poem.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction: 25 pages maximum, preferred double-spaced in Times New Roman font size 12.
  • The Academic Essay: any essay (analytical or argumentative) completed for a class at OSU-Lima (narratives, however, should be submitted to creative nonfiction), 25 pages maximum.
  • Performed and Visual Genres: Any type, including recited poetry (your own or borrowed), performed theatrical scenes or monologues on video (think of YouTube), songs, photography, etc.

For poetry, fiction, the academic essay, and creative nonfiction entries, submit paper copies to:

The Learning Center—310 Galvin Hall.
Marilyn Carder’s mailbox—2nd Galvin Hall.

If you have questions about Performed and Visual Genres submissions, please contact James Werchan at werchan.1@osu.edu or at 135 Reed Hall. Submissions in this category should be submitted on CD to 310 Galvin Hall.

To submit poetry, fiction, the academic essay, creative nonfiction, or performed and visual genres electronically, please first e-mail Doug Sutton-Ramspeck at sutton-ramspeck.2@osu.edu to request submitting in this manner.


Payment will be honor and glory, but no cash prize. However, many of the published works are eligible for awards.


The Arbuckle Creative Writing Awards will be selected each spring from the published works in Hog Creek Review.

Poetry: 1st Place $100 , 2nd Place $50.
Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction): 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50.

For more information about The Arbuckle Creative Writing Awards, go to

The Academic Essay: the OSU-Lima Writing Center recognizes each year the top two academic essays produced on our campus. The winning works will be selected from those pieces published in Hog Creek Review.

1st Place $100 bookstore gift certificate , 2nd Place $50 bookstore gift certificate.

For more information about the Writing Center Academic Essay contest, go to

Art: the OSU-Lima Learning Center recognizes each year two works of art produced on our campus. The winning works will be selected from those pieces published in Hog Creek Review.

1st Place $100 bookstore gift certificate, 2nd Place $50 bookstore gift certificate.