NOTE: The following FAQs pertain to the 2017 application period. Because we are in the midst of a search for the new Kenyon Review Editor, we are postponing this year’s Fellowships search and have extended our current Fellows’ positions through June 2021. Please check back in the fall of 2020 for updated information.
- Who can apply for a KR Fellowship?
Any writer who has completed an MFA or PhD degree before September 15, 2017 but no earlier than January 1, 2012.
- I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply?
Yes, but all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Any non-U.S. citizen who receives a fellowship will qualify for a J-1 Visa.
- Is there an age limit for applicants?
- I don’t have a graduate degree in creative writing, but I have many publications and awards. May I apply for a fellowship?
No. To be eligible for a KR fellowship, applicants must have completed an MFA in creative writing or PhD in creative writing, English literature, or comparative literature before September 15, 2017 but no earlier than January 1, 2012.
- I am receiving my MFA in May 2018. Am I eligible?
No. Applicants must have an MFA or PhD in hand at the time of application, hence the September 15, 2017 degree completion deadline. You will be eligible for our next search, which will take place in the fall of 2019.
- What kind of teaching experience is required?
Applicants must have professional teaching experience in creative writing and/or literature at the undergraduate level.
- Will you only accept applicants who write fiction or poetry?
No. We invite applications from all genres, including creative nonfiction and playwriting.
- What is the application deadline?
Applications must be submitted no later than September 15, 2017 in order to be considered.
- Is there an application fee?
- Is publication required for submission of an application?
Publication is not required, but the strongest candidates will be those with the strongest records of publication.
- Do I need to send reference letters or transcripts?
Applications must include two reference letters, one of which should directly address the applicant’s teaching ability. Applications must also include a one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, 8-10 page writing sample, and unofficial transcripts from your graduate degree. PLEASE NOTE: We only require two reference letters for this application, but the hiring system is pre-set at three references. For your third reference, you may enter my name, title, and email address (Tory Weber, Associate Director, Kenyon Review, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- How should my references submit reference letters?
Reference letters should be submitted electronically. In order to submit the online application, you will need to enter the names and email addresses for your references.
Once your application is complete and has been submitted, the application site will send a link to each of your references so that they can upload a letter to your application. PLEASE NOTE: We only require two reference letters for this application, but the hiring system is pre-set at three references. For your third reference, you may enter my name, title, and email address (Tory Weber, Associate Director, Kenyon Review, email@example.com).
- Can I use a dossier service to submit my reference letters?
Yes. Some dossier services, such as Interfolio, can provide specific email addresses for each of your reference letters (these usually look something like: send.1234.567890ABC@interfolio.com). If that is the case, please enter the name, organization, and title for your reference, but enter the dossier email address for that particular reference letter in the email field. If your dossier service does not provide specific email addresses for each of your reference letters, please have your dossier service send the reference letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the application, enter the name, organization, and title for your reference, but enter email@example.com in the email fields. We will upload the reference letters once the dossier service sends them.
- Do my reference letters need to come from professors or teachers who know my writing?
Because the selection committee will evaluate your writing, your references do not necessarily need to speak to your writing. One of your references must speak to your teaching ability, and the other should provide character references and give the selection committee an idea of your potential to work with the students, faculty, and staff at the Kenyon Review and Kenyon College, and to successfully fulfill the requirements of the fellowship.
- May I submit a writing sample that is slightly longer than 10 pages?
No. Additional material beyond 10 pages will not be read.
- May I send additional material, substitute another writing sample, or otherwise update my application at a later date?
No. We cannot change or add information to your application, writing sample, curriculum vitae, or cover letter once we have received it.
- For the writing sample, can I submit work that has been previously published?
- Can I submit creative nonfiction, memoir, or a screenplay that I have written?
- How are applicants chosen for the fellowship?
Fellows are chosen based on the achievement and promise of their written work, on the strength of the recommendations, and on their teaching experience and ability.
- Who is on the selection committee?
Editors and members of the staff of the Kenyon Review and faculty of Kenyon College.
- What does the selection committee look for in the writing sample?
Significant achievement and long term potential as demonstrated in the style, skill, and ambition of the writing sample.
- What does the selection committee look for in the cover letter, and how long should this letter be?
Cover letters offer you an opportunity to introduce yourself and your aspirations, as well as any projects or goals you would pursue if you received a Fellowship. Cover letters should be no longer than a single page.
- When and how will you let me know your decision?
The selection committee will notify applicants in November, 2017. Semi-finalists be interviewed online, and the final candidates will come to Kenyon College in November or December for a campus visit. Final decisions will be made no later than February, 2018 and the fellowship begins in August, 2018.
- If selected, can I defer my fellowship?
No. Fellowships may not be postponed.
- If I am not selected, can I apply again?
Yes. We will be turning down many talented and qualified candidates and we encourage those candidates to reapply.
- Can you give me feedback and tell me why I wasn’t selected for a fellowship?
No. Due to the volume of applications we will be receiving, we cannot comment on individual applications.
Responsibilities and Expectations
- What will be expected of me as a fellow?
The primary expectation is that you will undertake a significant writing project. You will attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors who will assist you as you write and revise your manuscript. Fellows are also expected to teach one class per semester in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs. Fellows will also assist in creative and editorial projects for Kenyon Review and KROnline, read submissions during the reading period, and may have opportunities to assist in the Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
- Is residency required?
Yes. Fellows are required to live in the local community in order to attend workshops, readings and other public events, and to contribute to the Kenyon Review, the English Department, and the broader cultural life at Kenyon.
- Can I keep my full-time job and/or pursue another degree during the fellowship period?
No. This fellowship is a full-time academic commitment and is not to be pursued concurrently with another full-time job or degree program.
- When does the fellowship begin and end?
The fellowship begins in August, 2018 and ends in June, 2020.
- Do I get any kind of degree by completing the fellowship?
- Am I guaranteed a teaching position during my fellowship?
It is expected that fellows will teach at least one class per semester in the English Department of Kenyon College, but these positions cannot be absolutely guaranteed because departmental needs may shift. The fellowship stipend will not be affected by teaching status. Fellows may also have opportunities to teach in the Kenyon Review Summer Writing Workshops.
- In what ways will the fellows assist The Kenyon Review and KROnline?
Fellows will work on a variety of creative and editorial projects for both Kenyon Review and KROnline. While the nature of these projects will depend on the needs of the magazine and the interests and skills of each fellow, contributions may include reading submissions, assisting with programs and reading series, working with Kenyon Review student associates and interns, and developing new initiatives.
- How much is the fellowship?
Fellows will receive a $35,150 yearly stipend, plus health benefits.
- Is it possible to live on the fellowship?
Yes. Fellows are expected to devote these two years to developing as writers, teachers, and editors, so the stipend is intended to fully support the fellows for those two years.
- Will housing be provided?
At this time, housing is not provided. Depending on availability, we may be able to reserve faculty apartments for fellows, and there are also many inexpensive rental opportunities in and around Gambier, Ohio. We will keep fellows aware of these options.
- Is there an opportunity for me to teach additional classes or in any other way supplement my income?
Opportunities for additional teaching may exist, but are dependent upon the curricular needs of the English Department and the Kenyon Review Summer Programs.