The Short Fiction Contest

2014 Guidelines

Welcome to the 2014 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest!

For the first time, after great debate and serious consideration, we are requiring an entry fee of $18. Last year entries leapt nearly 200%, all but overwhelming our small band of readers. In order to keep the contest alive, therefore, we decided to institute a fee. So for the price of a one-year subscription to The Kenyon Review–and it’s a discounted price–you will receive four superb issues of KR plus the chance to submit a piece of short fiction to this contest. We hope you’ll do so! As always, regular submissions to The Kenyon Review will require no fee and are welcome between September 15th and January 15th each year.

The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2015 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2014 Writers Workshop, June 14th-21st, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.

Submission Guidelines

  • 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 1200 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.
  • The submissions link will be active February 1st to March 1st. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
  • The $18 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Your new subscription to The Kenyon Review will start with the Spring 2014 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.

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Click here to view the past winners of the KR Short Fiction Contest

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