Welcome to the 2018 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. Melinda Moustakis
, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories
, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation, and who is currently the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, will be the final
judge. The Kenyon Review
will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue, and the
author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 Writers
Workshop, June 16-23 or July 7-14, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the
Writers Workshop is available here
The entry fee for the Short Fiction 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.
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.) 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 January 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 2018 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!