Kenyon Review’s Summer Reading List

Kenyon Review's Summer Reading List

David Lynn, Editor

Burnt Shadows by Kamila ShamsieBurnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. Shamsie, a Pakistani writer who also lives in London, opens this powerful novel in Nagasaki, shortly before its destruction. The young woman protagonist, who is one of the few survivors, leaves Japan and continues her life, forever transformed, in India, Turkey, Pakistan, and beyond. This is not Shamsie’s most recent novel, but it is one of great power and lyrical beauty.

Book of Hours

Likewise, perhaps, Kevin Young has been publishing in a variety of genres, and his most recent book of poems, Brown, has received enthusiastic reviews. I’ve been reading his Book of Hours, however, an astonishing poetic engagement with grief, loss, and death. Superb and accessible poems.

 

Finally, the first novel by a young Kenyon author of extraordinary talent, Meghan Kenny. The Driest Season is spare, wise, lyrical, and potent. It’s a quick read and one I highly recommend.

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Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train, 10 copies
Entry: $18 fee, Submittable
Eligibility: Emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.

Short Story Award Guidelines:

  • This category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)
  • Most entries run from 800 – 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.
  • Winners will be contacted directly the week before the public announcement in our bulletins on September 1, 2018.

 

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1000, book publication and distribution through University Press of New England, 100 complimentary copies
Entry: $25 fee; Submittable or US mail
Eligibility: previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry, written in or translated into English

The contest will be judged by David Blair.

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Barrow Street Press Book Contest

Barrow Street Book ContestDeadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1500 and book publication by Barrow Street Press
Entry Fee: $25 hard copy, $28 online
Eligibility: 50-80 page previously unpublished manuscript of original poetry, written in English
Questions: wilde@my.uri.edu

The contest will be judged by Ada Limón.

Book Contest Submission Guidelines:

Submit a 50-80 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Please number the pages of your manuscript and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.

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The Los Angeles Review Literary Awards

The Los Angeles Review Literary Awards

Summer 2018 LAR Literary Awards

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1000 and publication online and in the best-of annual print edition of The Los Angeles Review, issue no. 24, spring 2019
Entry: via Submittable; $20 USD
Submission Guidelines: losangelesreview.org/awards/
Questions: editor@losangelesreview.org

Douglas Manuel will judge in poetry, Doug Lawson will judge in fiction, Ron Koertge will judge in flash fiction, and Sarah Cannon will judge in nonfiction.

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