Saturday, September 14, 2013

Literary Fellowship: Kenyon Review

In 2012, The Kenyon Review welcomed the first of its KR Fellows. This initiative was inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. These fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after two years, these KR Fellows will be more mature and sophisticated writers, teachers, and editors. As a result, they will be extremely attractive candidates for academic positions as well as for significant publishing opportunities.

General Information

This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $32,500 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to:
  • Undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors.
  • Teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs.
  • Spend approximately 15 hours per week in non-teaching semesters assisting in creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Reviewand KROnline.
  • Participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
  • Participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College by regularly attending readings, lectures, presentations, and other campus activities.


Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • An MFA or PhD in creative writing, English literature, or comparative literature completed before October 1, 2013 but no earlier than January 1, 2008.
  • Teaching experience in creative writing and/or literature at the undergraduate level.

Application Details

Applications will be accepted electronically beginning September 1 and ending October 1, 2013, and should include the following:
  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • An 8-10 page writing sample
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should directly address the applicant’s teaching ability
All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by October 1st, 2013 for full consideration. There is no application fee.


  • September 1st – October 1st, 2013 • Application Period
  • November, 2013 • Applicants notified about first round decisions
  • December, 2013 • Online interviews with semi-finalists
  • January, 2014 • Kenyon College campus visit for finalists
  • February, 2014 • Final decisions
  • August 15th, 2014 • Fellowship begins

Contact Information

For questions or more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page
Or contact:
Tory Weber
Associate Director of Programs and Fellowships
The Kenyon Review
Finn House
Gambier, OH 43022

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