Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize |

Introduction: 2013 Short Fiction Prize

2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize The 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, now in its sixth year, attracted a startling 1,876 entries this time out, more than double last year's submissions. Perhaps especially because the competition is designed to encourage and discover new voices, and therefore only considers short stories by writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, many of the stories were impressive in one sense or another (language, voice, character, situation) but were also insufficiently developed in one sense or another (language, sensibility, pacing, meaning). While almost every one of the stories by these new writers offered evidence of imaginative dedication to the art and craft of the short story, as the final judge I was on the lookout for stories that were even more than well-crafted, original, and compelling. In order to qualify as a prize contender, each story had to hold up under the simple and relentless question that every writer needs t

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2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize The 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, now in its sixth year, attracted a startling 1,876 entries this time out, more than double last […]

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