Thank you for your interest in The Kenyon Review. Be sure to choose the correct submission category (drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, or book reviews) and carefully read the submission guidelines to determine what information to include with your submission. 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.

For regular submissions: 

Please note that all submissions are considered for publication in either the Kenyon Review or KROnline. The two are aesthetically distinct spaces and, if accepted, your work will be published in one. We urge our submitters to read and become familiar with both. We are especially eager to discover and publish work by new voices from traditionally underserved communities.

Please submit no more than one submission in a given genre during this reading period; multiple submissions sent in the same genre will be  returned unread. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere:

  • For prose and drama submissions, please use your submittable.com account to withdraw your piece
  • For poetry 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 will only consider work that has not been previously published either in print or online. 

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!

We consider:

  • short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
  • flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document)
  • 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
  • book reviews (please click here for submission guidelines)

We do not accept:

  • unsolicited interviews
  • unsolicited artwork
  • email submissions (please use the submittable.com system on our site)
  • previously published material

Thank you for your interest in KR Reviews. We’re grateful for your attention to literature and your contribution to the larger literary community. Book reviews, we know, take much time and care, and we hope to provide platforms for reviews—and the books they’re covering—to reach a wide audience through KROnline

Along with desire to publish work from a diverse group of reviewers, we also welcome reviews that reflect our multi-faceted, diverse literary landscape, and are especially interested in reviews of books from small presses, relevant re-issues, and translations.

Kenyon Review takes seriously the art and ethics of reviewing, and our editors attempt to minimize conflicts of interest that may distort a review. If you have any relationship with the author or press of the book you’re reviewing, please include that in a disclosure note at the top of your review. While we realize some connections are unavoidable, we normally discourage the reviewing of friends, colleagues, and press-mates. 

Our book reviews are usually 1,000 to 1,200 words in length and written for a general-interest literary audience; please familiarize yourself with the reviews published in KROnline before submitting your review (https://www.kenyonreview.org/reviews/). Accepted reviews are featured online and pay $50.

At the beginning of the review, please include the following book information: 

Title. First Name Last Name. City: Publisher, Year. Pages. Price. 

Sample: The Beauty. Jane Hirshfield. New York, NY: Knopf, 2015. 112 pages. $26.00.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Book Review editors at bookreviews@kenyonreview.org

The Kenyon Review Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers is designed to nurture and develop new voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It is designed to provide support for emerging writers who demonstrate exceptional talent, promise, and commitment to their chosen craft.

Participation in the program involves one-on-one mentorship by an experienced editor over a period of four months.  Writers can expect to have monthly hour-long conversations with an Editor who will provide feedback and suggestions on the draft.

Eligibility

  • Writers must be 21 years of age or older
  • This fellowship opportunity is open to any writer who is not currently enrolled in a degree-granting creative writing program
  • Writers should not have published a full-length literary book with a major publisher, university press, or other established press, or be under contract for a book. Published work in literary magazines or journals is acceptable

Application

  • Submit a narrative of a project in process (500 word maximum). Please note any challenges  or particular areas of concern within the work.
  • Submit a poetry or prose writing sample of the project between June 1–July 15, 2021. The writing sample should be 10–15 pages (double spaced for fiction and nonfiction).
  • A recent copy of your CV.
  • The application fee is $12, which includes a half-year subscription to the Kenyon Review. If this fee poses a hardship, please contact us at kenyonreview@kenyon.edu and we will work with you.

Process

Our Developmental Editors will review and select the writers they will work with. They will reach out to the writer and  arrange for an initial conversation by phone or Zoom. Writers and Editors will collaborate on a work plan, establish goals and determine deadlines and a schedule for monthly hour-long conversations. Over the course of four months they will meet by phone or Zoom to discuss the progress of the writing project. Writers can expect that Editors will be willing to read and discuss between 20–25 pages of a draft a month.

Winners will be announced by September 1st

Writers from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry are especially encouraged to apply.

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