The Kenyon Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Kenyon Review is open for general submissions from September 1 until September 30, 2023. In 2024, our magazine will feature three themed sections: Extinction, Writing from Rural Spaces, and Literary Curiosities. We invite work that broadly considers these themes. When you submit, you will have the option to identify your work for general submission or the themes.

  • We strongly encourage submitters to familiarize themselves with work previously published by The Kenyon Review. Subscriptions are available here, and anyone can read up to five free pieces per month in our Archive.

  • We consider previously unpublished:
  1. short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
  2. flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document)
  3. poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
  4. plays (up to 30 pages double-spaced)
  5. excerpts (up to 30 pages double-spaced) from larger works

  • We do consider translations in the categories listed above. Please submit your translated work to its corresponding genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama). By submitting, you affirm that you hold first-serial English-language publication rights to the work.

  • We are not currently considering the following:
  1. unsolicited interviews
  2. unsolicited book reviews
  3. unsolicited artwork
  4. emailed submissions (please use
  5. previously published material

  • We consider submissions on Submittable and do not consider paper submissions, except from writers (such as those who are incarcerated) who do not have ready access to the internet. Paper submissions for the current submissions period must be postmarked by the current submission period’s deadline and must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send hard copies to: SUBMISSIONS, The Kenyon Review, 102 W. Wiggin St., Gambier, OH 43022

  • We do not accept revisions to submissions once the submission period is closed. Do not send new drafts unless requested to do so by an editor.

  • We allow simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. 

  • For prose and drama submissions accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your piece via Submittable.

  • For poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction submissions accepted elsewhere, please use your account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration.

  • We cannot consider additional work in the place of withdrawn work.

  • We read every submission, and because we receive so many submissions per year, response times will vary according to the volume of submissions. We aim to respond to all submissions within six months of receipt. Feel free to query us at for an update if after six months of submitting work you do not hear from us. Thank you in advance for your patience.

  • Authors will receive a contract upon acceptance and payment upon publication. Authors retain copyright to their work published in The Kenyon Review.

  • Submitting work to The Kenyon Review adds you to our mailing lists. You may unsubscribe from these lists at any time.

  • Please be sure to add to contacts so that you can receive correspondence from us about your submission.

  • We generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s latest New Collegiate Dictionary.

If you are unable to submit because you have not verified your email address with Submittable and have not received a verification notification, we recommend adding to your safe-sender or contact list and attempting email verification again. The Submittable forms require email verification for security purposes. If you continue to experience issues, we recommend you submit a Submittable support request; the support team usually respond quite quickly and can send you your individual verification link directly.

Thank you for sharing your work with us!

The Kenyon Review