Jan/Feb 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 1 Editor's Notes |

Editor’s Notes: What Place Literary Contests?

As in recent years, we are pleased to launch the new volume year by presenting here the winner and runners-up of the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Our final judge in 2016 was Jaimy Gordon, a writer and teacher of extraordinary merit. Rarely have I been as dazzled by the energy and inventiveness and vibrancy of language as when I first read her novel Lord of Misrule, so I was especially delighted when she agreed to serve. (In January we will begin accepting entries for the 2017 contest, with Lee K. Abbott as the distinguished final judge.) As a matter of fact, Jaimy's novel received the National Book Award in 2010, and deservedly so. Such awards, of course, have been a feature of the literary landscape for decades. Editors or publishers nominate favored books, which typically have been published in the preceding year, to the sponsors of an award or committees of judges. Often the authors themselves may be entirely unaware that their work is even under consideration, an

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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As in recent years, we are pleased to launch the new volume year by presenting here the winner and runners-up of the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Our final […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

As in recent years, we are pleased to launch the new volume year by presenting here the winner and runners-up of the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Our final […]

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