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Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Ladies and Gents! Announcing:


The submissions period for the contest will be open from February 1st, 2008 to February 15th, 2008. All submissions will be accepted electronically via the KR website. Follow the link in the logo above for the full guidelines, or click below the fold for the basics.

Alice Hoffman, author of Skylight Confessions and The Ice Queen, will be the final judge.

1. Writers must be 30 or under at the time of submission to participate.
2. Stories must be 1200 words or less.
3. No simultaneous submissions.
4. The winner will be announced in late spring on the KR website, and will be published in a special section of a future KR issue. They will receive a full scholarship (tuition, room, and board) to attend the 2008 KR Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio.
5. One submission per author, please.

About the Program

The Kenyon Review Associates Program provides Kenyon students with valuable experience in literary editing, publishing, and programming. KR Associates work closely with Kenyon Review staff, gaining valuable experience in a number of editing, publishing, and programming areas including manuscript evaluation, publicity and marketing, copy editing, developing web site and social media content, outreach programming, event planning and promotion, and other creative and editorial projects

KR Associates attend regular seminars conducted by Kenyon Review editorial staff, visiting readers, and publishing industry professionals. These seminars cover a wide range of topics including editorial philosophy, evaluation of submissions, print and electronic production, marketing, and design.

KR Associates enjoy also enjoy exclusive access to visiting writers and speakers, free issues of The Kenyon Review, and valuable work experience and employment references.

This program is made possible through an initiative of the Kenyon Review, part of the mission of which is to contribute to the enrichment of the academic, cultural, and artistic life of the Kenyon College community.

Requirements and Expectations

  • Submission Evaluation: All Associates are required to read and evaluate eight Kenyon Review submissions per week. Associates who are not able to complete their weekly submission assignments for more than two weeks in a row may not be allowed to continue in the program.
  • Trainings and Seminars: In-person attendance is mandatory at all trainings and seminars. We plan on scheduling six to eight seminars per semester, and most will take place on Thursdays during common hour.
  • Literary Engagement: Associates are expected to participate in literary events on campus and throughout the local community.

Application Details

The application deadline for the 2023-24 program has passed. Applications for the 2024-25 program will open in the fall of 2024. Please check back then for more details.

Questions? Please contact Tory Weber for more information.