Thanks for your interest in The Kenyon Review. Be sure to choose the correct submission category (drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or translation) and carefully read the submission guidelines to determine what information to include with your submission. In the case of the Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest or the Short Fiction Contest, check the guidelines to ensure your eligibility and learn about the open submission periods.

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 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.  

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

We do not accept:

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

Welcome to the 2019 Kenyon Review Short Nonfiction Contest!

The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of creative nonfiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Geeta Kothari, the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review and author of the recent collection I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short essay in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Writers  Workshop, June 16-22 or July 7-13, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the  Writers Workshop is available here.

The entry fee for the Short Nonfiction Contest is just $24, 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 creative nonfiction at the time of submission. (We define a “published book of creative nonfiction” as a memoir,  book of essays, or other creative nonfiction collection written by you and  published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook  format.)

2.) Essays 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.) All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.

7.) The submissions link will be active December 1st to 31st. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.

8.) The $24 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Your new subscription to the Kenyon Review will start with the Mar/Apr 2019 issue. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension on their current subscription. *Please note: we are only able to offer domestic print subscriptions for this special contest rate. If you live abroad (including Canada), we will happily provide you with a digital-only one-year subscription to the magazine. 

9.) 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!

The Kenyon Review