Fall 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize |

On the First “Kenyon Review” Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Young Writers Commentary The Kenyon Review is best known for its contributions to the literary world as a journal. In recent years, however, KR has endeavored to expand its mission by bringing literature into the lives of young people. As part of this effort, we decided to create a contest for high school sophomores and juniors—an age when the writers of tomorrow are just discovering the meaning of "voice." In February 2004, the Kenyon Review Poetry Prize for Young Writers was launched. We mailed flyers to high school advisers throughout the country and sent press releases to media outlets and Web sites. Within the month of March, more than 750 young writers submitted their work, some from as far away as South Africa. What's remarkable, beyond the mere quantity, is the quality of so many. For all the lamentations one hears about failures of literacy, collapsing standards, and cultural benightedness in our schools, there are many, many young people passionate about poetry 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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By David H. Lynn

Young Writers Commentary The Kenyon Review is best known for its contributions to the literary world as a journal. In recent years, however, KR has endeavored to expand its mission […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Young Writers Commentary The Kenyon Review is best known for its contributions to the literary world as a journal. In recent years, however, KR has endeavored to expand its mission […]

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