About the Poetry Contest

For the first time in 2023, we will be accepting submissions for the Kenyon Review Poetry Contest. We plan to continue running the contest annually from November 1 through November 30. 

The Kenyon Review publishes the winning poetry in print, and the author is awarded a full scholarship to attend the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

(Note: If you are a high school student in your sophomore or junior year, please submit to the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers.)

  • Submit via our Submittable portal, starting November 1. We cannot accept paper submissions. 
  • Writers must not have published a book of poetry at the time of submission. (We define a “published book of poetry” as a full-length poetry book, poetry chapbook, or other poetry collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
  • Please submit only one poem, no longer than five pages.
  • Please submit no more than once per year. 
  • Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest. 
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.
  • The Submittable portal will remain active between November 1 and 30, 2023. 
  • The entry fee for the Poetry Contest is just $24, collected at the time of submission. All entrants are invited to claim a complimentary half-year Print plus Digital subscription to The Kenyon Review (for domestic addresses) or a half-year Digital-only subscription (for international addresses) through February 15, 2024. Your new half-year subscription to The Kenyon Review will include the Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 issues. Current subscribers will receive a two-issue extension on their current subscription. As always, we will open in the fall for regular submissions, which we read at no cost to writers.
Photo of Pádraig Ó Tuama

The final judge of this year’s contest is Pádraig Ó Tuama. Ó Tuama is a poet from Ireland with interests in conflict, religion, and language. His most recent collection is Feed the Beast (Broken Sleep Books, 2022). He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound from On Being Studios, from which Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World (Canongate and  W.W. Norton, 2022) comes. His work has been published in Harvard ReviewPoetry IrelandPoem-a-Day, and many other places.

Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an email notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.

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