Our next submission period will begin on September 15, 2020. Please check back in September for further details about when the period will close. All submissions received during the reading period will be read. The response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receipt.

Please note that all submissions are considered for publication in either the Kenyon Review or KROnline. The two are aesthetically distinct spaces and, if accepted, your work will be published in one. We urge our submitters to read and become familiar with both. We are especially eager to discover and publish work by new voices from traditionally underserved communities.

You will find a live link to our submissions portal on this page starting September 15th. We do not accept submissions via email or regular mail. All work must be submitted using our portal. Creating an account is free, and you can easily keep track of your submissions from within your account.

Please submit no more than one submission in a given genre during this reading period; multiple submissions sent in the same genre will be returned unread. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere:

  • For prose and drama submissions, please use your account to withdraw your piece
  • For poetry submissions, please use your account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration

We will only consider work that has not been previously published either in print or online.

If your work is accepted it will be subject to an agreement granting the Kenyon Review first publication rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication.

By submitting the work for consideration, you represent that:

The work is not in the public domain, has not been published in any other publication in any jurisdiction in the World, has not been distributed or displayed to members of the public, and you have not made any agreement with another party inconsistent with granting first publication rights to us. (It is important for us to know if your work is to be included in a collection or larger work being prepared for future publication. Please let us know, right away, the title, publisher and planned publication date.);

The work is your original authorship and no other party has a claim to rights in it except as you specifically disclose at the time of your submission;

In the case of translations, you have obtained permission of the author or the author’s agent or estate to publish your translation; and

There is nothing in the work that is libelous, invades personal privacy or deprives another of the right of publicity, or is otherwise actionably tortious or illegal.

Thank you in advance for sharing your work with us!

We consider:

  • 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)
  • excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works
  • translations of poetry and short prose
  • book reviews*

We do not accept:

  • unsolicited interviews
  • unsolicited artwork
  • email submissions (please use the system on our site)
  • previously published material

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Tips and other helpful information—please read!

  • When you are submitting poetry, please group up to six poems in a single document and then upload your submission. Do not submit your poems individually; doing so will make your poems appear as multiple poetry submissions, which will be returned unread.
  • Regarding translations: the translator is responsible for all author and publisher permissions regarding the source work.
  • You agree to be added to the Kenyon Review email lists when you submit to the Kenyon Review. You may unsubscribe from these lists at any time.
  • We generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary. We have recently changed to an in-text citation format for any notes. Please follow the MLA guidelines for in-text citations.
  • When using the submissions program, please be sure to add the Kenyon Review’s email address ( to your spam blocker software so that you can receive correspondence from us.
  • Payment for accepted work is made upon publication. Authors retain their copyright and will receive a contract upon acceptance.
  • Once you have submitted, you can log-in to your account and check on the status of your submission at any time during our submission period starting September 15th or thereafter. If it has been longer than six months since you submitted and you have not received a response from us regarding the status of your submission, you may query us at for an update.

*Book Review Policy
Note: Kenyon Review is now open to book review submissions via Submittable. Because of the high volume and high quality of reviews sent in the past year, we’re only able to accept a small percentage of the reviews that are sent our way.

Thank you for your interest in KR Reviews. We’re grateful for your attention to literature and your contribution to the larger literary community. Book reviews, we know, take much time and care, and we hope to provide platforms for reviews—and the books they’re covering—to reach a wide audience through KROnline.

Along with desire to publish work from a diverse group of reviewers, we also welcome reviews that reflect our multi-faceted, diverse literary landscape, and are especially interested in reviews of books from small presses, relevant re-issues, and translations.

Kenyon Review takes seriously the art and ethics of reviewing, and our editors attempt to minimize conflicts of interest that may distort a review. If you have any relationship with the author or press of the book you’re reviewing, please include that in a disclosure note at the top of your review. While we realize some connections are unavoidable, we normally discourage the reviewing of friends, colleagues, and press-mates.

Our book reviews are usually 1,000 to 1,200 words in length and written for a general-interest literary audience; please familiarize yourself with the reviews published in KROnline before submitting your review. Accepted reviews are featured online and pay $50.

At the beginning of the review, please include the following book information:

Title. First Name Last Name. City: Publisher, Year. Pages. Price.

Sample: The Beauty. Jane Hirshfield. New York, NY: Knopf, 2015. 112 pages. $26.00.

July/Aug 2020
July/Aug 2020

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Joanna Klink is the author of four books of poetry. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Montana. Her new book, forthcoming from Penguin in June, includes a sequence of poems called “Night Sky,” based on the chambers of James Turrell’s Roden Crater. An excerpt from “Night Sky” can be found here. It appears in the May/June 2020…

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