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Holiday Reading Recommendations

Every year, the editors and staff of the Kenyon Review share recommendations for winter reading. Click here for the list of books.

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Nonfiction Contest Now Open

On December 1, we opened our annual Short Nonfiction Contest. Any writer who has not yet published a book of nonfiction is eligible. Submit your essay, of no more than 3,000 words, by December 31, 2022. The winner will be published in the Kenyon Review and receive a full scholarship to our summer Writers Workshops. This year’s judge is award-winning author Leslie Jamison. Submit now!

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Last Chance for Winter Online Workshops

You have only nine more days to apply to our Young Writers Winter Online Workshops! High school students ages 16 through 18 are eligible for these classes, which meet on Saturdays starting January 21, 2023. Topics include “Ekphrastic Explorations: Using Visual Art to Generate Great Writing;” “Selfie in a Convex Mirror: Writing and the First Person ‘I’”; and “Raising Your Voice.” The application deadline is December 15, 2022. Apply now! 

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December 15, 2022 is also the deadline to apply for our Winter Online Workshops for adults. These Saturday workshops give writers a chance to work with three instructors in one genre: fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. On our faculty: poets Tiana Clark, Richie Hofmann, and Natalie Shapero; fiction writers Rachel Heng, Lillian Li, and Jamie Quatro; and nonfiction writers Hanif Abdurraqib, Paisley Rekdal, and a third to be announced. Apply Now!

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Guest Editors' Call for Submissions

We’re now open for submissions to a folio called “Luminous Gender Vessel,” to be guest edited by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Melissa Faliveno and published in one of our issues in 2023. As Calvocoressi and Faliveno say in their call for submissions, “Get experimental. Get speculative. Get hybrid. Get weird. Push boundaries of style and form. Because genre, like gender, is a construct. It’s rarely one thing or the other.”

Submissions are due by January 5, 2023. For the full submission guidelines, click here.

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Celebrating KR and Young Writers in New York

On November 4, 2022, friends and contributors joined us at the Andaz Hotel in New York City to celebrate the Kenyon Review. Acclaimed poet Major Jackson read from his work, along with four high school students who are alumni of our Young Writers Workshops: Taber Cannon, Anisha Joshi, Alison Lee, and Kush Masson. It was inspiring to hear these young writers read!

The Young Writers Workshops bring talented high school students from around the world together, on campus and online. It's a warm and supportive literary community, and a program that many students describe as "life-changing." Nurturing the next generation of writers is crucial to our mission at the Kenyon Review, and we rely on donations to fund need-based scholarships. These scholarships ensure that the workshops reflect the beautiful diversity of the participants’ generation. To make a tax-deductible donation to our Young Writers Scholarships, click here. 

Pictured here at the party in New York are Kenyon Review Editor Nicole Terez Dutton with Young Writers Alison Lee, Anisha Joshi, and Kush Mason, as well as Major Jackson. For more photos of the event, click here. 

We hope that you’ll join our vibrant, welcoming literary community by subscribing to the Kenyon Review. Exciting things are on the horizon, including the reveal of our gorgeous new magazine design in Winter 2023.

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Holiday Offer

Subscribe to the Kenyon Review by December 16, 2022 and get 55% off the newsstand price! Order now and you’ll receive our Winter 2023 issue, featuring a folio of fiction selected by award-winning writers Laura van den Berg and Paul Yoon, and a beautiful new design. The Kenyon Review makes a great gift!

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The Kenyon Review is supported in part by generous grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Smart Family Foundation.