The Kenyon Review was founded in 1939. The resources for the new literary journal were provided by Gordon Keith Chalmers, President of Kenyon College, while the inspiration had been conceived some years before by his wife, Roberta Teale Swartz. The poet and critic John Crowe Ransom was recruited to Kenyon by Chalmers with the express purpose in mind of his launching a distinguished magazine. During his 21-year tenure, Ransom published such internationally known writers as Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, William Empson, Mark Van Doren, Kenneth Burke, and Delmore Schwartz, as well as younger writers: Flannery O’Connor, Robert Lowell, and Peter Taylor, to name a few.
During the 2014-15 reading period, they will be accepting submissions from Sept. 15th, 2014, through Jan. 15th, 2015. All submissions received during the reading period will be read. The response time will vary according to the number of submissions.
short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
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
For more information, visit: https://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/