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For regular submissions:

Please submit no more than one submission in a given genre while a decision from us is outstanding; multiple submissions sent in the same genre will be returned unread. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere:

  • For prose and drama submissions, please use your account to withdraw your piece
  • For poetry submissions, please use your account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration

We will only consider work that has not been previously published. 

We consider:

  • short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
  • poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
  • plays (up to 30 pages)
  • excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works
  • translations of poetry and short prose

We do not accept:

  • unsolicited reviews
  • unsolicited interviews
  • email submissions (please use the system on our site)
  • previously published material

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$20.00 USD

Ends on 2/29/2016

Size limit: All stories must be 1200 words or less.

Welcome to the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest!
The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Writers Workshop, June 18th-25th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.

The entry fee for the Short Fiction Contest is just $20, and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to KR. As always, we will open in the fall for regular submissions, which we read at no cost to writers.

Submission Guidelines:

1.) Writers must not have published a book of fiction at the time of submission. (We define a "published book of fiction" as a novel, novella, or short story collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
2.) Stories must be no more than 1,200 words in length.
3.) One submission per entrant.
4.) Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
5.) Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
6.) The submissions link will be active February 1st to 29th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
7.)The $20 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Your new subscription to the Kenyon Review will start with the Mar/Apr 2016 issue. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension on their current subscription. Please note: we are only able to offer domestic subscriptions for this special contest rate. If you live abroad (including Canada), we will happily fulfill a gift subscription for a friend who lives in the U.S.
8.) Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.

Thanks for your interest in this contest!

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