The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions for the fifth annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest on February 1, 2012. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or less to qualify for the contest. Nancy Zafris, former KR Fiction Editor and currently editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction book series, will be the final judge. Zafris is the author of many short stories and three books: The People I Know, which won the Flannery O’Connor award, The Metal Shredders, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, and her most recent novel, Lucky Strike.
The contest winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the 2012 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June 16-23, in Gambier, Ohio. In addition, the winning story will be published in a special section in the Winter 2013 issue of The Kenyon Review. You can read last year’s winner, Fan Li’s “Chiasmus,” here.
Submissions will be accepted until February 29, 2012. Entries must be submitted through the Review’s website, where an entry form will be available. Find the full contest guidelines here.