Welcome to the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest!
The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Writers Workshop, June 18th-25th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.
- Writers must not have published a book of fiction at the time of submission. (We define a “published book of fiction” as a novel, novella or short story collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
- Stories must be no more than 1,200 words in length.
- One submission per entrant.
- Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
- Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
- All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.
- The submissions link will be active February 1st to 29th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
- A $20 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Your new subscription to The Kenyon Review will start with the Mar/Apr 2016 issue. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension on their current subscription. Please note: we are only able to offer domestic subscriptions for this special contest rate. If you live overseas, we will happily fulfill a gift subscription for a friend who lives in the U.S.
- Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.