The Ohio State University at Marion

Cornfield Review celebrates 42 years

Written by Paul Winters, intern
February 9, 2018

This year's deadline for submissions is on February 17th. You may submit your work at

Ohio State Marion's annual campus literary publication just became a little longer in the tooth. 2018 marks the 42nd year since the founding of the publication of The Cornfield Review.

The publication, which includes: artwork, poetry, prose, and photography submitted by students, faculty, staff, and community members, is part of the class, Introduction to Literary Publishing (English 3662), taught by Associate Professor of English, Ben McCorkle for the past 12 years.

“I am committed to this publication,” McCorkle said, “ I don’t consider myself a creative writing specialist but through this publication I feel intimately connected to that community.”

The Cornfield Review is given a $2,000 dollar budget to operate on from the Ohio State Marion English department, making it possible to produce and distribute 500 copies to the campus and community.

“It is so important to promote a culture on a campus like Marion,” McCorkle said, “where we have students going down to Columbus after two years. They work and have families, we try to cement the sense of identity here and also highlight the work of our students, faculty, staff, and people in the larger community.”

The class has had anywhere from 3-12 students in years past, students in the class must act as an editorial board viewing works critically and deciding what makes it in from over 100 submissions. Dani Miller and Billy Moody, who are current students in a class of 12 students shared

“My biggest challenge has been to not get too emotionally attached to the pieces,” Miller said, “there are always some that I really like, but as a group decide not to put in.”

This is Miller’s second year in the class, she is now taking it as an independent study course.

“I really like publications and I want to get into publishing myself,” Miller said, “so this helps me get a feel on what is it like to be a publisher.”

While McCorkle helps guide the operation, he ultimately lets the students make many of the critical decisions, giving them a very real experience in the world of editing and publishing.

“Going through the submissions and deciding what to put in and leave out will be very difficult,” Moody said, “as an editorial board we may have different ideas of what quality writing is.”

To those that might be shy or nervous to sharing their work, McCorkle had this to say, “I get it, it is a vulnerable act to put your work out in front of other people. This is a friendly and supportive venue, I encourage our students to read charitably and generously and to take the work seriously. Some publications in the world are brutal and I would like to think that we are a little less so.”

With a lot of backend work yet to be done, McCorkle and his students plan to keep this publication going as it has for many years.