As part of its commitment to enriching the academic environment in which it resides, The Kenyon Review works with Kenyon College students throughout the year. Students accepted into the KR Associates Program will volunteer two to three hours per week. Selected students gain hands-on experience in literary editing, publishing, and marketing, and work directly with KR staff to benefit from special literary, cultural, and professional opportunities. Some examples of work assignments include: reading and processing manuscripts, coordinating publicity for special events and campus readings, grant research, and advertising solicitation. Throughout the year, KR invites those involved in the production and management of the magazine—such as the chief copy editor, designer, and managing editor—to speak with the students and share their knowledge of the publishing world.
All Kenyon students are invited to apply at the beginning of the school year.
“Nuts and Bolts” Publishing Seminars
Every Thursday at common hour, Kenyon Review staff and/or outside experts will conduct a series of “nuts and bolts” publishing seminars covering such subjects as:
- Editorial philosophy and the evaluation of KR submissions
- Copy editing
- Print and electronic production
KR Associates will work closely with staff and senior associates, gaining hands-on experience in a number of editing, publishing, and programming areas including:
- Manuscript evaluation
- Publication workflow
- Developing Web site and social media content
- Outreach programming at area elementary schools and retirement homes
- Knox Reads! / KR Literary Festival staffing
- Other special events and readings
In addition, KR Associates will enjoy:
- Special contact with visiting writers and other speakers
- Access to the KR library of literary journals and books for review
- Free copies of The Kenyon Review
- Special end-of-term receptions
- Impressive résumé entry and opportunity for an employment reference
All Kenyon students are invited to apply. A commitment of two or three hours a week to program activities will be required, as well as participation in at least one of the programs or special events conducted by The Kenyon Review.
The 2012-13 application asks you to provide:
- Your full name, hometown, major (if applicable), graduation year, and whether you have been a KR associate in previous years.
- A 200-word statement outlining why you want to participate in the program. Be sure to include any skills and interests that indicate your suitability for the Associates Program (such as copy editing skills, graphic design experience, interest/ability in using social media, events planning experience, etc.).
- A sample submission evaluation in which you read a piece submitted to The Kenyon Review and briefly evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
To apply for the 2012-13 academic year, please click here to access the online application form. Please note, this application form is password protected. The password is available on posters around campus and flyers handed out at the informational meeting.
2012-13 Application Timeline
Tuesday, September 4 • 11:10am Cheever Room (Finn House): Informational Meeting with David Lynn, editor, and Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, associate editor.
Tuesday, September 11 • 12 Noon: Applications Due.
Tuesday, September 18: Acceptance decisions will be sent via email.