Writers love a deadline! And the closing date for our Poetry, Prose, and Youth Contests is just around the corner!
Pro Tip: Read the guidelines before entering!
Congratulations to Kansas Authors Club members with essays in the “True Bicycle Stories” issue (#3) of 105 Meadowlark Reader.
(D2) Bicycles: A Love Story by Boyd Bauman
(D5) Where I Like by Julie Ann Baker Brin
(D1) BlueBoy by Annabelle Corrick
(D2) A Green Bike by Monica Graves
(D2) The Bucket List by Beth Gulley
(D2) Going to C’ago by Carolyn Hall
(D2) Whoa by Jerilynn Henrikson,
(D2) Blue English Racer by Deb Irsik
(D2) My First, Last, and Only Bike by Sally Jadlow
(D5) What I Learned from Riding the Bicycle by Amy Deckert Kliewer
(D5) Bicycles in Kansas Yards by Sandee Lee
(D2) Dust on My Shoulders by Kerry Moyer
(D2) A Rolling Start by Peg Nichols
(D6) I Didn’t Have a Bicycle but I had a Paper Route by Jim Potter
(D5) Country Biking in Kansas by Cynthia C. Schaker
(D1) They Traded My Horse for a Bicycle by Anne Spry
(D1) The Race by Barbara Waterman-Peters
(D2) Bicycles: Bane or Boon by Brenda White
(D2) On Shaky Wheels by Mary Kate Wilcox
(D7) Bike Ride by Sheree Wingo
The Bicycle Issue will be delivered to Partner Bookstores and Subscribers beginning in May.
The submission period for the Fall 2022 issue is May 1-June 30. The theme is (True) Food Stories.
Learn more at 105MeadowlarkReader.com
About 105 Meadowlark Reader
To create a forum for sharing the work of Kansas writers.
To build and uplift the community of Kansas writers.
To share and promote resources for Kansas writers.
105 Meadowlark Reader will strive to represent the diversity of writers in Kansas.
105 Meadowlark Reader is a journal of creative nonfiction by and for writers who live or have lived in Kansas.
Each issue will contain a directory of area resources for writers. Publishers, printers, editors, book designers, cover/interior artists, bookstores, writing clubs, and anyone who provides services to writers is invited to submit details for our directory at no charge.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a non-profit organization in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, that offers writing residencies and hosts literary workshops, retreats, and events. We currently have three fellowship opportunities that you may be interested in.
Dancing in the Rain is a fellowship for writers of mid-grade or young adult (YA) literature. Candidates should be working on a chapter book that provides inspiration and hope for those struggling with the hardships and challenges that life often metes out. The successful application will demonstrate insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication. Prior publication is not a requirement. The deadline is midnight CST on Monday, June 27, 2022. The fellowship winner will receive a one-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Residencies must be completed by the end of the year 2023.
Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow fellowships provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner served on weeknights, the camaraderie of other professional writers when desired, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics. For details or to apply, visit https://www.writerscolony.org/fellowships.
ARTERIAL INK: A WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE LEGACY, VOLUME II
2022 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
This contest is for writing in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The anthology recognizes writers who best evoke a connection to William Allen White, ‘The Sage of Emporia’. In his time as editor of The Emporia Gazette, White published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and became known around the world. Red Rocks, his home in Emporia, remains as a state historic site honoring his legacy.
The William Allen White Community Partnership board began the annual publication of Arterial Ink in 2021 as a means of contributing to the operation of the home and is now calling for submissions for Volume II. White’s life was many-faceted. We welcome submissions interpreting that connection in many ways: historical, cultural, political, or personal importance, whether literal, imaginary, or metaphorical.
Winners in each genre will be published in Arterial Ink: A William Allen White Legacy, Volume II, and will have the opportunity to deliver their winning entries at the William Allen White Legacy Day celebration in Emporia, Kansas on October 1, 2022. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location. Submissions may not exceed 3,000 words.
For consideration, please send up to three entries to: William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc., 917 Exchange St., Emporia, KS 66801, ATTN: Arterial Ink 2022 or submit your entry at www.reddirtpress.com.
District 2 is looking forward to hosting you for the 2022 State Writing Conference in Lawrence, October 21-23.
We invite you to play an active role in this annual regional convention by submitting your proposals for speakers and workshops. Review our call for proposals on the 2022 Convention page and submit.
Note from the Convention Committee: We will strive to have a balance of fiction/nonfiction/poetry workshops, writing to publishing, and options for beginners as well as more advanced writers.
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 15, 2022
WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP, INC. 927 Exchange St. | Emporia, KS 66801
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2021
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR ARTERIAL INK
Anthology Honors William Allen White Legacy
EMPORIA, Kansas -- Submissions open February 10, 2022, for Arterial Ink Volume II, an anthology of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry relating to the legacy of William Allen White. The annual publication was established and is supported by the William Allen White Community Partnership board as a fundraiser for the operation of Red Rocks, White’s home in Emporia.
Submissions must relate to William Allen White, whether literal, imaginary, or metaphorical, and must not exceed 3,000 words. Winners in each genre will be
published in the book, and authors will have the opportunity to deliver a reading from it at William Allen White Legacy Day in Emporia on October 2, 2022. The competition is open to all writers ages 18 and over regardless of geographical location.
For guidelines and submission information visit: www.reddirtpress.com Submissions close May 10, 2022.
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The purpose of the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. is to promote and support the history of the William Allen White Family through the preservation, interpretation, and operation of the William Allen White Historic Site, Red Rocks, located at 927 Exchange Street in Emporia, Kansas.
William Allen White was a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper publisher, author, reformer, and presidential advisor. For fifty years, from the 1890s to the 1940s, he was the best-known and most quoted small town newspaperman in America. White’s editorials and personal advice to five presidents shaped American history in the 20th century.
The deadline for submitting entries to the 2022 yearbook has been extended. Members now have until December 31 to enter.
Carolyn Hall, D2 Member, is one of 21 Kansas Authors Club members published in the second issue of 105 Meadowlark Reader: Kansas Travel Stories.
The journal of Kansas creative nonfiction can be purchased at "Partner Bookstores" including Crow and Co Books (Hutchinson), Eighth Day Books (Wichita), Flint Hills Books (Council Grove), Raven Book Store (Lawrence), Russell Specialty Books & Gifts (Russell), and Watermark Books & Cafe (Wichita).
Subscriptions can also be purchased at Meadowlark Press.
Kansas Authors Club members featured in this issue include:
Ann Anderson (D2)
Curtis Becker (D2)
Sheryl Brenn (D7)
Annabelle Corrick (D1)
Gretchen Cassel Eick (D5)
Marie Baum Fletcher (D7)
Tammy Gilley (D6)
Michael D. Graves (D2)
Monica (Osgood) Graves (D2)
Carolyn Hall (D2)
Jerilynn Jones Henrikson (D2)
Sally Jadlow (D2)
Nancy Julien Kopp (D4)
Sandee Lee (D5)
Jim Potter (D6)
Julie A. Sellers (D1)
Mark Scheel (D2)
Tracy Million Simmons (D2)
Barbara Waterman-Peters (D1)
Brenda White (D2)
Editor, Chery Unruh (D2)
The journal is currently taking submissions for issue #3 to be published in the spring of 2022.
Theme: True Bicycle Stories
Guidelines can be found on the
105 Meadowlark Reader website.
Members, don't forget to claim your page in the 2022 yearbook!
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Due Between August 1 and October 15, 2021, electronic receipt or postmark
Don't forget to turn in your entry for the 2022 Yearbook. Review the guidelines in the yearbook! You must be a current member to have a page in the yearbook.
District 7 of the Kansas Authors Club is sponsoring a writing contest for all writers, 18 and older, living in Kansas or members of KAC living in another state. The contest runs from May 1 to August 15, 2021. You do not need to be a member of District 7 to enter the contest.
Writers should follow the Literary Contest rules on page 68 of the 2020 or 2021 KAC Yearbook or can find these rules on the contest page of the website. The theme of the contest is “Writing Through Difficulties.” Writers of prose or poetry are encouraged to follow the theme, but do not have to adhere to it.
The fee for each entry is $5.00 and only typed copies will be accepted: do not send e-mail.
Prizes in the amount of $25, $15 and $10 will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in both prose and poetry. Honorable Mention in each category will receive certificates.
Send entries to: Sheryl Brenn, 892 County Road O, Levant, KS, 67743. Phone 785-586-2384.
Note: This contest is separate from the state contest. Members are encouraged to submit to both.
Hello Kansas Campus and Community Partners and Friends!
Yet another deadline for a Hall Center competition that is fast approaching! Open to all Kansas authors.
The Byron Caldwell Smith Book Awards are given biennially to one individual in each of three categories, residing or employed in Kansas, who has authored a book published within the two calendar years preceding the application deadline (5/3/21) . One $750 award for fiction, one $750 award for non-fiction, and one $750 award for poetry is given each competition cycle.
The recipients receive their awards at a public presentation and reception held at the Hall Center. Anyone can nominate a book, including the author or the book's publisher.
Eligibility criteria and directions for submitting available here:
Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas
2021 Theme Categories:
"Writing through Difficulties"
Featuring: 7 additional categories in prose and 7 additional categories in poetry
All Kansas Authors Club members are eligible to enter, regardless of residence.
All writers living in the state of Kansas may enter, regardless of membership.
We recommend you review the contest guidelines before entering.
Entries accepted April 1 through June 15.
Awards will be announced at the annual convention in October.
Deadline Extended: April 20, 2021
The William Allen White Community Partnership is looking for poems, stories, and essays for an anthology about the legacy of William Allen White. The project is a fundraiser to support Red Rocks, the WAW home in Emporia.
Not sure what to submit? How about an essay about your time as a student at the WAW School of Journalism at KU? What about a poem inspired by time spent at Peter Pan Park, a site donated to the city of Emporia by the Whites after the death of their daughter, Mary. Perhaps you attended the William Allen White grade school in Emporia and have stories you could share. Have you been to Red Rocks? Did you ever work for the Emporia Gazette?
Send your questions and entries to Kerry Moyer. Kerry is a District 2 member, our state prose contest manager, and he serves as a board member for the William Allen White Community Partnership.
Take some time to review the contest guidelines for 2021. We open for submissions on April 1.
This year's theme is "Writing Through Difficulties." The contest features eight prose and eight poetry categories, with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awarded at the 2021 Convention in October.
We also have youth writing contests. Please share this opportunity with your young people and friends and teachers who work with youth.
Our annual writing contests are open to individuals residing in Kansas and current members of Kansas Authors Club, regardless of residence. Members receive a discounted rate on entries.
Vicki Julian has extended the deadline to February 15 for submissions to her next book, It Wasn't Funny...Then. The anthology is a collection of of first person stories relating a situation that was embarrassing or uncomfortable when it happened, but now seems funny or, at least, not quite as traumatic as when it occurred. It should be funny to others, but must meet the criteria as stated. It can be as short as a paragraph or up to 3-500 words. Anonymity will be honored if requested. As an example, the author has cited her own story which she will share upon request. Contact Vicki at email@example.com.
Vicki Julian is an active D2 member and former state Financial Secretary for Kansas Authors Club.
Do you have 81 words in you? Can you string them together? Can you string them together to make some kind of sense? Then you can contribute to what may become the anthology with the most contributing authors!!! Sadly, only one entry is permitted per author.
The goal is 1000.
To date, we have received 953 stories. We need 47 more to publish the anthology.
When 1,000 stories have been received, written by 1,000 different authors, an anthology will be published. It will attempt to set a World Record for the most contributing authors published in an anthology.
81words Writing Challenge - Rules & How To Submit
The submission criteria are nice and simple:
• stories must be EXACTLY 81 words in length
• please include a title for your story (not included in the word count)
• entry is FREE
• anyone can submit
• 1 entry per person
• no profanity please - all the writing challenges on this website are shared with children
• your 81word stories will be published on this page
• when 1,000 stories have been received, we will publish an anthology and attempt to set a World Record for the most contributing authors published in an anthology
• profits from book sales will be donated to charity
• by submitting, you accept the terms and conditions
• when the anthology is published , you will be involved in the book launch process
• submit your story using the comments form or email
• include a short biography (40 words max) for use in the published book - if you don't supply a bio, we will be unable to publish your story
• include 1 link (optional) to your website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.
Submit at: https://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/81words.php#Stories
Complete guidelines at WinfieldArts.org
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Writers Must Live in Kansas
Copy of entry form can be found by clicking here.
We are currently seeking submissions for a new fellowship, and we have another opening on December 15. Prior publication is not a requirement for either of these opportunities.
“Humor Me” is open to poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, columnists, memoirists, and screenwriters who use humor as a key element in their work. While the humor may range from wry to screwball, the work should demonstrate literary merit and the promise of publication or production.
The fellowship winner will receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner served on weeknights, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics.
The submission deadline for “Humor Me” is midnight on Monday, February 22, 2021. The residency must be completed by March 31, 2022. Exceptions will be made if COVID-19 makes a residency inadvisable. For an application form, visit writerscolony.org/fellowships.
The “My Time” fellowship is open to writers of any literary genre who are also parents of dependent children under the age of 18. The successful applicant will demonstrate literary merit and the likelihood of publication.
The fellowship winner will receive a one-week residency. A $400 stipend is available to cover childcare and/or travel costs. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch.
The submission period for “My Time” opens on December 15, 2020, and the deadline is midnight on Monday, March 15, 2021. The residency may be completed at any time during 2021. Exceptions will be made if COVID-19 makes a residency inadvisable. For an application form, visit writerscolony.org/fellowships.
Update: Deadline extended! Get your entries in by April 20, 2021.
Kerry Moyer, District 2 member, sends the following invitation:
Hey friends, I am collecting submissions for a book project that I am spearheading for the William Allen White Community Partnership. I am on the board and came up with the idea of putting out a book as a fundraiser. The pandemic has created challenges in terms of tours at Red Rocks and putting on events that would generate revenue for us.
There is no monetary prize or payment. The only real rule for submission is that the piece needs to deal with the William Allen White legacy in some way. We are looking for short essays, short stories, poems, or whatever your creative writing medium is for this project. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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