Thank you for your interest in the Kenyon Review. Be sure to choose the correct submission category and carefully read the submission guidelines to determine what information to include with your submission.

UPDATE 10/19/21: Translators, thank you for your patience! We will soon announce a submission call from guest editors for a portfolio of works in translation. This call will come via email and our social media channels. For the latest updates be sure to sign up for our newsletter mailing list.

Notes for Submitters

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

Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere:

    * For prose and drama submissions, please withdraw your piece via Submittable.

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

We read everything, but because we receive thousands of submissions every year, it takes time for us to respond to everything. Thank you in advance for your patience. We’re grateful for the opportunity to read your work.

Feel free to query us at kenyonreview@kenyon.edu for an update if after six months of submitting work you do not hear from us.

2021 General Guidelines

Our general submission period opened on September 1 and closed on September 30, 2021.

If your work is accepted it will be subject to an agreement granting the Kenyon Review first publication rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication.

By submitting the work for consideration, you represent that:

The work is not in the public domain, has not been published in any other publication in any jurisdiction in the World, has not been distributed or displayed to members of the public, and you have not made any agreement with another party inconsistent with granting first publication rights to us. (It is important for us to know if your work is to be included in a collection or larger work being prepared for future publication. Please let us know, right away, the title, publisher and planned publication date.);

The work is your original authorship and no other party has a claim to rights in it except as you specifically disclose at the time of your submission;

In the case of translations, you have obtained permission of the author or the author’s agent or estate to publish your translation; and

There is nothing in the work that is libelous, invades personal privacy or deprives another of the right of publicity, or is otherwise actionably tortious or illegal.

Thank you in advance for sharing your work with us!


Contest Entries: In the case of the Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest, the Short Fiction Contest, or the Short Nonfiction Contest check the guidelines to ensure your eligibility and learn about the open submission periods.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is an annual contest for poets who are sophomores and juniors in high school. The poems by the winner and runners-up will be published in the Kenyon Review, and the winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. Submissions for the contest are open Nov. 1st through Nov. 30th, 2021.

Please submit only one poem to the contest. Only unpublished work will be considered for the prize. Submissions submitted simultaneously to the contest and other publishing opportunities cannot be considered.

Winners will be announced in early February 2022 via email, on the Kenyon Review website, and in the February Kenyon Review newsletter.

To submit your poem: fill out the fields below, attach your file, and click the "submit here" button. Thanks for your interest in the Kenyon Review.

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