The Short Fiction Contest

2017 Guidelines

Welcome to the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! Accepting submissions now through January 31st!

The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Lee K. Abbott, award-winning author of Love is the Crooked Thing, Living After Midnight, Wet Places at Noon, and, most recently, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 Writers Workshop 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 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 January 1st to 31st. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
  • A $22 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Your new subscription to The Kenyon Review will start with the Mar/Apr 2017 issue. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension on their current subscription. Please note: we are only able to offer domestic print subscriptions for this special contest rate. If you live abroad (including Canada), we will happily provide you with a complimentary digital subscription through our App or fulfill a gift subscription for a friend who lives in the U.S.; please be sure to choose which option you prefer.
  • 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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