The Kenyon Review Special Call for Submissions / The Forough Farrokhzad’s Folio / How to Apply (Payment: $40 – $450))

In celebration of Forough Farrokhzad’s ninetieth birthday in December 2024, The Kenyon Review’s winter issue folio will newly gather translations by multiple translators of her original Farsi poems (whose rights are in the public domain), alongside writing across genres about, for, and after Forough: essays, stories, poems, and hybrid writing engaging with her through various modes.

Poet, translator, and filmmaker Forough (or Forugh) Farrokhzad, often referred to as Forough, is a household Iranian name. Her inimitable work, known and loved intimately all over the world, has brought about many translations and transmutations.

This folio seeks to complicate rather than complete, to share unusual permutations and under-acknowledged histories. From criticism to personal history, imagined interactions to visual bursts, the prompt is as open as the poet’s distinctive force. Kenyon Review Fellow Cindy Juyoung Ok will be a guest editor.


Submission Guidelines For The Kenyon Review

They do not charge reading fees for this folio.

They consider previously unpublished:

Poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document)

Short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)

Flash fiction and Essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document)

Plays (up to 30 pages double-spaced)

Excerpts (up to 30 pages double-spaced) from larger works.

Please submit translated work to its corresponding genre; fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama. By submitting, you affirm that you hold first-serial English-language publication rights to the work or else that it falls in the public domain.

You may submit to more than one genre. However, please do not make more than one submission in a given genre.

Do not also make multiple submissions in the same genre or they will be disregarded.

Currently, they are not considering unsolicited interviews, unsolicited book reviews, unsolicited artwork, previously published material and emailed submissions (please use Submittable).

They consider submissions on Submittable and do not consider paper submissions, except from writers such as those who are incarcerated, who do not have ready access to the internet.

Paper submissions for the current submissions period must be postmarked by the current submission period’s deadline and must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Send hard copies to: SUBMISSIONS, The Kenyon Review, 102 W. Wiggin St., Gambier, OH 43022.

They do not accept revisions to submissions once the submission period is closed. Also, do not send new drafts unless requested to do so by an editor.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify them immediately the work gets accepted elsewhere.

For prose and drama submissions, please withdraw your piece via Submittable.

For poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction submissions, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration.

They can’t consider additional work in the place of withdrawn work.

Please note that they read every submission, and because they receive so many submissions per year, response times will vary according to the volume of submissions.

They aim to respond to all submissions within six months of receipt. If after six months of submitting work you do not hear from them, feel free to query them at [email protected] for an update.

Submitting work to The Kenyon Review adds you to their mailing lists. However, you may unsubscribe from these lists at any time.

Please be sure to add [email protected] to contacts so that you can easily receive correspondence from them about your submission.

They generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s latest New Collegiate Dictionary


About Submittable

Please submit through their Submittable portal.

If you are unable to submit because you have not verified your email address with Submittable and have not received a verification notification, they recommend that you add [email protected] to your safe-sender or contact list and attempting email verification again.

The Submittable forms require email verification for security purposes. If you continue to experience issues, they recommend you submit a Submittable support request; the support team usually respond quite quickly and can send you your individual verification link directly.


Authors Right At Kenyon Review

Authors will receive a contract upon acceptance and payment upon publication. They will also retain copyright to their work published in The Kenyon Review.



According to their website, they pay $0.08 per published word of prose with a minimum of $80 and a maximum of $450.


They also pay $0.16 per published word of poetry with a minimum of $40 and a maximum $200.



Submissions will remain open until October 31, 2023.


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