November 6, 2008KR BlogUncategorized

2008 CLMP Midwest Lit Mag and Book Fair

Emily Dickinson reminds us “There is no Frigate like a Book.” And in her time, she was right. Though if she were alive today–and though some of her trademark style would suffer dire consequence–she might have said “There is no Frigate like a Literary Magazine.” If you were wondering what a return to the golden age of the lit mag would look like–look around. At no time has for-profit publishing been dominated by profit margins as it is right now–meaning less risky and chance, and more banking on sure bets and clear sales. And one sure bet is that the past two months of the stock market doing backflips haven’t helped matters. Things become a little predictable, by rote.

Think of a lit mag like a fortune teller. (Or: things become a little predictable, by magic.)


What you find in the pages of any of them will likely orient you to the best of what is current–and each serves to map our collective expectations for the next generation of literary writing.

On Saturday, Nov. 8th, starting at 10am, The Kenyon Review Literary Festival will host the 2008 CLMP Lit Mag and Small Press Fair in the Pierce Hall breezeway. There will be offerings from over 100 lit mags and small presses–from the heavy hitters to the obscure, from the borderline book arts to the cheap newsprint–and each of them will be sold at the rock bottom rate of $2 a lit mag, $4 a book. Experimental, mainstream, genre-specific, compendium or quarterly, you won’t find a greater collection of lit mags in any bookstore anywhere remotely near here. Be very, very, excited.

Then get in your car and come buy a Frigate to take home with you. Better yet, fall in love with something new. And subscribe.


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.