The Kenyon Review Submissions is Open / How to Apply (Payment: $0.08-0.16 per word)

The Kenyon Review Submissions is currently open for its 2024 Magazine Edition

The Kenyon Review was the vision of poet Roberta Teale Swartz and her husband, Gordon Keith Chalmers, who became the thirteenth president of Kenyon College in 1937. Roberta Teale Swartz, a protege and friend of Robert Frost, published two acclaimed books of poetry. She was also instrumental in recruiting John Crowe Ransom to found a literary magazine in Gambier.

In 2024, the magazine will feature three themed sections: ExtinctionWriting from Rural Spaces, and Literary Curiosities. They invite work that broadly interprets these themes. When you submit, you will have the option to identify your work for general submission or the themes. The Kenyon Review strongly encourage submitters to familiarize themselves with work previously published by The Kenyon Review.


Guideline for The Kenyon Review Submissions

  • They consider previously unpublished:
    • 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)
    • poetry (up to 6 poems; 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
  • They do consider translations in the categories listed above. Please submit your 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.
  • Please submit no more than one submission in a given genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama); multiple submissions will be disregarded. However, you may submit to more than one genre.
  • Submissions should be through their Submittable portal:

The Kenyon Review Submissions Guideline

  • The Kenyon Review cannot consider additional work in the place of withdrawn work.
  • 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. Feel free to query them at [email protected] for an update if after six months of submitting work you do not hear from them. Thank you in advance for your patience.
  • Authors will receive a contract upon acceptance and payment upon publication. Authors retain copyright to their work published in The Kenyon Review.
  • They generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s latest New Collegiate Dictionary.


The Kenyon Review pay $0.08 per published word of prose (minimum $80, maximum $450) and $0.16 per published word of poetry (minimum $40, maximum $200).


The general submissions are open from September 1 until September 30, 2023.

If interested in more information about the submissions, do visit the Kenyon Review X (Formerly Twitter) Page. Good Luck.

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