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The Kenyon Review Poetry Contest (Deadline: November 30)

The Kenyon Review is open to submissions for its poetry contest through November 30, 2023. 

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning poetry in print, and the author will be awarded a full scholarship to attend The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

  • Submit via Submittable from November 1 – 30, 2023.
  • Writers must not have published a book of poetry at the time of submission. (The Kenyon Review defines a “published book of poetry” as a full-length poetry book, poetry chapbook, or other poetry collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
  • Please submit only one poem, no longer than five pages.
  • Please submit no more than once per year. 
  • Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest. 
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.
  • The entry fee for the Poetry Contest is $24, collected at the time of submission. All entrants are invited to claim a complimentary half-year Print plus Digital subscription to The Kenyon Review (for domestic addresses) or a half-year Digital-only subscription (for international addresses) through February 15, 2024. Your new half-year subscription to The Kenyon Review will include the Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 issues. Current subscribers will receive a two-issue extension on their current subscription.
Photo of Pádraig Ó Tuama

The final judge of this year’s contest is Pádraig Ó Tuama. Ó Tuama is a poet from Ireland with interests in conflict, religion, and language. His most recent collection is Feed the Beast (Broken Sleep Books, 2022). He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound from On Being Studios, from which Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World (Canongate and  W.W. Norton, 2022) comes. His work has been published in Harvard ReviewPoetry IrelandPoem-a-Day, and many other places.

See full contest guidelines.