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The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest: Entries Close 31 January

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest 2019

Entries are now open for the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for 2019.

Kenyon Review was founded by John Crowe Ransom in 1939. It prides itself on publishing talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, alongside many distinguished, established writers. Kenyon Review’s short stories have won more O. Henry Awards than any other non-profit journal and it frequently appears on lists ranking America’s best literary magazines.

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. For the purposes of this contest, the Kenyon Review defines “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. 

To enter the contest writers must provide a story of up to 1200 words. The winning story will be published in the January/February 2020 issue of Kenyon Review, and the winning writer will receive a scholarship to attend the magazine’s June or July 2019 Writers Workshop.

The judge of the 2019 contest is Mia Alvar, author of In the Country, winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. An entry fee of US$24 is payable with each entry; in exchange each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the magazine (six issues, normally $35).

The 2018 contest was won by Laura Roque for ‘Dientes for Dentures’. Watch Laura read her winning story below.

Entries to the contest opened on 1 January and close on Thursday 31 January.  For full entry details visit the Kenyon Review website.


Related: Explore our guide to short fiction contests in 2019