Join Our Members Only Facebook Group

Want to get connected with other local writers? Join our Ohio Writers’ Association Facebook group for members only here! This is a place where we can share writing victories, publishing opportunities, and the struggles of the craft. Find inspiration and accountability by connecting with other writers. We grow in community.

Right now, the group is buzzing about the upcoming anthology. We are sharing our progress and keeping each other motivated as we approach the submission window. You can be part of the conversation.

Not a member of the Ohio Writers’ Association yet? It’s free and easy. You can sign up here.

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Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – March 3rd

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, March 3, 2021 at 7pm ET.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost.You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than Monday morning February 22, 2021. You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on March 3rd. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org to be included on the invite list.

Only those who have been invited to the workshop will be able to view the meeting. It won’t be made available publicly.

As usual, we will make the work we’re discussing available for download one week before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to download it and read it before the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org. We’ll see you on the 3rd!

This is a great opportunity to workshop your anthology submissions!

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Publishing Opportunity for Ohio Writers!

Your story could be in our next publication! We are opening submissions for our next anthology about outcasts, and we want to see what you can do. We want stories that explore what connects us and what happens when we lose those connections. We want to see humanity from the outside looking in. Submissions open March 1, 2021!

We have a very special guest for this anthology! Our foreword will be written by none other than actor, director, and writer Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Walking Dead, Fogler’s Fictions, and so many more amazing projects!

The complete anthology will be released in the fall of 2021, to all major markets in print and digital formats.

Word Count: 1,000 to 10,000 words

Genre: Any

Submission Period: March 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021

Submission Cost: You may submit one story to this project for free!  “Writer” level OWA members may submit up to three stories for consideration.

Content Guidelines: Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating.  Language, violence and sexual themes with a purpose are fine, however, gratuitous violence and graphic sexuality will not be accepted.

It is free to submit a story for consideration to this anthology.  Writer members of the Ohio Writers’ Association may submit two additional stories for consideration.

Submitting is easy! Log into your account at ohiowriters.org and click the Outcasts: An Anthology?Submit a Story Now link to submit. Not a member? Sign up for free today!

This is not a contest, it is an open call for submissions.  All stories will be fairly considered, and those deemed most appropriate for publication will receive an offer.

“Ohio Writer” Qualifications: If any one of the following items is true, then we consider you an “Ohio writer”:

You were born in Ohio

You graduated from a school in Ohio (high school, college, university, etc.)

You currently reside in Ohio

You are currently actively enrolled at a school in Ohio

Your current permanent address is in Ohio

You lived 5+ continuous years as a permanent resident in Ohio at any time

We’re sorry, but for this project we’re only accepting work from qualified “Ohio writers.”

Have questions? Please reach out to us at info@OhioWriters.org.

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Why Workshops?

I still remember my first workshop two years ago. We met at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington. I didn’t submit anything. I was too nervous. I hardly spoke. I sat with my shoulders up to my ears as if I could fold into myself and disappear, but I listened, and what I heard was real feedback. People were diving into each other’s words, into each other’s worlds.

I had to know what I sounded like in someone else’s head, so I did it. I submitted, and it was amazing. I did not agree with every opinion and not every opinion was flattering, but all those opinions had value. The feedback I received at the workshop helped me hear myself differently, and I started to gain a better sense of my voice as a writer. 

I also found something else at the workshops, an incredible group of writer friends who challenged me and made me laugh.

It’s this simple: I submitted the piece to the workshop, and I got a lot of amazing feedback. I took that feedback, and I made the story better. Because of workshops, because of community, I submitted the story to an online magazine, and it was accepted. We become better writers when we support each other, challenge each other, inspire each other. Workshops give us a chance to be writers who do that.

Want to check out my published story? You can find it here!  

Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea – Now Available Worldwide!

We are excited to announce Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea is now available at retailers worldwide!

Find it on Amazon or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

This thrilling adventure novel is about Bindra Dhar, who has only just been welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers when she finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond.

Now she’s on a mission through time to stop Thurmond’s agenda, but in order to succeed—and survive—she’ll have to find new allies, face new adversaries, and learn that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could have expected.

“A whirlwind adventure, fantastical and intriguing, Jesse Bethea has reenvisioned time travel into a force of nature in Fellow Travellers.  When Bindra Dhar meets a mysterious American in her small village in India, she eagerly embraces the wisdom and danger of time traveling. Sci-fi and fantasy readers alike will be swept up in Bindra’s tale.”

— Reina Cruz, author of Daughter of Isis

Grab your copy of Fellow Travellers today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

About the Author – Jesse Bethea

Jesse Bethea is a journalist, author, videographer, and the winner of the 2019 Great Novel Contest!

In 2014, after graduating from Ohio University, Jesse moved to Columbus, Ohio and immediately started writing for ColumbusUnderground.com, where his work has been recognized several times by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. By 2015, he was working for The Ohio Channel (Ohio’s version of C-SPAN) as an assistant producer.

On the rare occasion when Jesse gives himself a break from writing, he enjoys hiking, true crime podcast and reading non-fiction.

Jesse currently lives in Columbus with his wife Melissa and has written a new book, Fellow Travellers, which will be released by Bellwether worldwide this Friday, January 29!

Fellow Travellers follows the journey of Brindra Dhar, a young woman who, after being welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers, finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond.

Grab your copy of Fellow Travellers this Friday at major retailers worldwide!

Fellow Travellers – Hard Cover Reveal

We are excited to release the cover art for the hard-cover copies of Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea!

Fellow Travellers is a novel about Bindra Dhar, who has only just been welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers when she finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond. Now she’s on a mission through time to stop Thurmond’s agenda, but in order to succeed—and survive—she’ll have to find new allies, face new adversaries, and learn that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could have expected.

Fellow Travellers will be released and available for purchase this Friday, January 29!

Want to learn more about the author? Find Jesse Bethea on Facebook and Twitter.

Praise for Fellow Travellers

We are just one week away from the official release of Jesse Bethea’s book, Fellow Travelers! Critics and fellow authors are already raving about Jesse’s award-winning writing.


“A whirlwind adventure, fantastical and intriguing, Jesse Bethea has reenvisioned time travel into a force of nature in Fellow Travellers.  When Bindra Dhar meets a mysterious American in her small village in India, she eagerly embraces the wisdom and danger of time traveling. Sci-fi and fantasy readers alike will be swept up in Bindra’s tale.”

— Reina Cruz, author of Daughter of Isis

Fellow Travellers is a fun and thrilling, time-hopping odyssey set in a world brilliantly crafted by Bethea. The adventure is full of suspense and levity while bringing a certain nuance to the time traveling genre.”

— Andy Chow, journalist, Ohio Public Radio’s Statehouse News Bureau

“Folks, I’ve had the awesome privilege of reading this and it’s outstanding. It’s a fantastic adventure in time travel with some great characters and a plot that DOES NOT STOP. I’m so honored to know this writer and I highly recommend his work, especially this novel.”

— Karen Kasler, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau Chief 

Fellow Travellers will be available for purchase on January 29!

Want to learn more about the author? Find Jesse Bethea on Facebook and Twitter.

Fellow Travellers — Official Release Date Set!

We are excited to announce that Jesse Bethea’s new book Fellow Travellers will be released under our Bellwether publishing imprint Friday, January 29th!

Jesse is a journalist, author, videographer, and the winner of the 2019 Great Novel Contest.

Fellow Travellers is a novel about Bindra Dhar, who has only just been welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers when she finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond. Now she’s on a mission through time to stop Thurmond’s agenda, but in order to succeed—and survive—she’ll have to find new allies, face new adversaries, and learn that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could have expected.


Fellow Travellers is a fun and thrilling, time-hopping odyssey set in a world brilliantly crafted by Bethea. The adventure is full of suspense and levity while bringing a certain nuance to the time traveling genre.”
— Andy Chow, journalist, Ohio Public Radio’s Statehouse News Bureau

Learn more about Jesse Bethea’s work here, and follow the Ohio Writers Association on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop on the release of Fellow Travellers!

Open Member Meeting – January 20, 2021

Dear Ohio Writers,

The past year has been an interesting time for all of us.

Historically, much of what we’ve done as an organization has been contingent upon our ability to meet in person. I confess that I’ve been waiting for the Coronavirus situation to blow over so that we can get back to business as usual.

It doesn’t appear that’s going to happen any time soon.

And perhaps this is a good opportunity to reassess who we are and what we’re doing.

To that end, I have scheduled an open meeting for all members for Wednesday evening, January 20th at 7pm ET. We will meet via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, you must RSVP. Simply send an email to info@ohiowriters.org to let us know you’d like a Zoom invitation.

We’ve always prided ourselves on the fact that we don’t do all of the fluff and nonsense of many writers’ groups. We provide the hard stuff that actually, truly helps professional writers and emerging authors reach their goals.

I want to hear about your needs as a writer in this time, and your ideas for how our organization can continue to fulfill its mission moving forward. This will be an open forum, and everyone who would like to speak on the topics at hand is invited to do so. If you’d prefer, you may also come simply to listen.

If you’d like to attend, please email us at info@ohiowriters.org right now.

I hope to see you on the 20th.

-Brad Pauquette
President, Ohio Writers’ Association