The most recent issue of The Kenyon Review will be the last one printed on the quarterly publication schedule as, after 75 years, the magazine transitions to a bimonthly schedule with six issues out each year instead of four. In addition, the issues will be slightly smaller so that they are easier to browse; “the format of the Review has come to feel rather unwieldy, even intimidating. It’s a lot of heft arriving everything three months,” writes Editor David H. Lynn. He writes that these plans have been in place for a while, and that they spent the last year working on an innovative design.
“The new Kenyon Review will be fresh and inviting,” promises Lynn. “…This reading is about pleasure, about relishing. But it will surely be easier to pick up one of these attractive, slender issues before bedtime or as you’re heading out the door. We’re surely not backing away from great writing, not relaxing our standards or our commitment one iota. Going forward, The Kenyon Review will faithfully publish literature that matters and to the standards we’ve proudly held all these years. Our future is brighter than ever.”
The current issue itself features the winners of the 2014 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contests, a credo from Joyce Carol Oates, and a selection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and reviews.