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$24.00 USD

Welcome to the 2021 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. Roxane Gay, the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short essay in the Mar/Apr 2022 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2021 Summer Writers Workshop. 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 2021 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!

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