Fiction and Nonfiction entries are allowed.
Contact Sandy Carlson if you might be interested in writing a story for the 2023 Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal. This year’s theme is transportation and stories are needed on a variety of subjects. Deadline is December 1 and word count is 1200 words. Contact Sandy for more information.
Fiction and Nonfiction entries are allowed.
Deadline: October 31
Due Between August 1 and October 31, electronic receipt or postmark
Every Member having paid current dues is invited to submit ONE literary contribution for the yearbook. That submission can be either prose or poetry. Prose is limited to one printed page (no more than 500 words). Poetry is limited to one printed page (no more than 40 lines including spaces between verses).
Accepting Entries: September 1 - December 1, 2022
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000 cash, publication by Meadowlark Press, including 50 copies of the completed book
All entries will be considered for standard Meadowlark Press publishing contract offers, as well.
Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history.
The Heartland Review Press is currently accepting poems for its annual Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. This year the grand prize is $750. Entrants can submit 1-3 poems of any form or style for $10 in a Word document through Submittable. No pdfs. Include a cover letter in the same file. The cover letter should be the first page in the file and contain mailing address, email, and 30-40 word bio. Simultaneous submissions accepted, but poems placed elsewhere will not be included in contest. Finalists (there are usually about 20) will receive a free copy of the Spring 2023 issue of The Heartland Review wherein winners and finalists will be published. All entrants, regardless of publication, can receive a discount on the publication cost. Personal information on the manuscripts results in immediate disqualification.
Note from the President
It has come to my attention that some submissions to the 2022 yearbook were not printed. Those authors will be contacted in the coming weeks and their entries will be added to the electronic version of the 2022 yearbook. Though I understand that this does not make up for the fact of an entry missing from the printed yearbook, it is the best option I can offer. Please know that we are instituting and double-check procedure in the coming year so that this problem will not be replicated.
I look forward to having all member entries printed in the yearbook and we hope to hear from you.
Let's make 2023 the biggest yearbook yet!
Tracy Million Simmons
2022 Kansas Authors Club President
Yearbook entries due between August 1 and October 31, 2022, electronic receipt or postmark.
Every Member having paid current dues is invited to submit ONE literary contribution for the yearbook. That submission can be either prose or poetry. Prose entries are limited to one printed page (this is generally no more than 500 words, if you have a lot of paragraph breaks, it will be fewer). Poetry entries are limited to one printed page (no more than 40 lines including spaces between verses). Images are allowed only if the copyright belongs to the submitter. Including an image means less space available for words. Excerpts from published works are welcome, and authors are invited to include website and social media page links if space permits.
We ask that authors keep in mind that our yearbook is available to members of all ages, so entries need to be reader-friendly for youth as well as adults.
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 a new fellowship opportunity that you or other writers you know may be interested in.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering a fellowship called “Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories: Writing About Mental Illness.” Writers wishing to apply should be working on a personal story that offers insight, awareness, hope, and literary merit. The fellowship winner receives a two-week residency in a private writing suite, a European-style gourmet dinner served in the community dining room on weeknights, the camaraderie of other professional writers, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for other meals. Fellowship applications are due by Monday, September 26, 2022. Learn more or apply at writerscolony.org/fellowships.
The La Viness Short Story Writing Contest is putting out its annual call for submissions! Entry is only $10, and you get two for the price of one! First Place=$100; Second=$75; Third=$50. Deadline August 31st. Please follow the guidelines for your best chance to win. The judges do not know each other and they do not know whose stories they are reading, so everyone gets an equal chance. Good luck!
Click here to visit the website for more info: https://www.jespiddlin.com/writingcontest
June 1 to August 15: Submissions are now open for the Julia Peterkin Literary Awards in Flash Fiction and Poetry.
Established in 1998 by the Creative Writing program at Converse College, the Julia Peterkin Award is a national contest honoring both emerging and established writers. The award is named for Converse graduate Julia Mood Peterkin, whose 1929 novel, Scarlet Sister Mary, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in literature.
South 85 Journal seeks submissions of unpublished flash fiction of 850 words or fewer and previously unpublished poems of 50 lines or fewer. We are especially interested in stories and poems that demonstrate a strong voice and/or a sense of place, but consider all quality writing.
The winning selection in each category will be awarded $500 and publication in the December issue of South 85 Journal. Contest finalists will also be selected and published alongside the winning selections. Submissions are read blind by an outside judge.
Judges for this year’s contest are Cary Holladay for flash fiction and Ashley M. Jones for poetry.
Lisa Hase-Jackson, District 3 member, is the editor of South 85 Journal.
Now that the time for entering our literary contests have closed, what's next?
Kansas Authors Club Awards of Merit Nominations are due July 15! (The yearbook deadline says July 1 - we have extended it.)
Awards for achievement in writing, service to Kansas Authors Club, or a special accomplishment are presented to deserving Kansas Authors Club members at the Annual Conference. Nominations should be sent no later than July 1st (changed to July 15 in 2022) of the year to be considered. Forms may be sent either by e-mail or by regular postal mail. Award winners will be selected by ballot by a committee of Kansas Authors Club members chosen by the Awards Chair. The Awards Chair will present the names of those members nominated to a selection committee before reporting final results to the KAC board as soon as possible after the deadline for nomination.
Please give careful consideration to your reasons why the nominee is worthy of an award and list them below. If this person is to be considered for the achievement in writing award, then please list publications of the person’s writing, either published and/or self-published. For the service award, list what services were done both on the district and state level, how long the person held an office, etc. For the special accomplishment award, list when, where, and what this was, and describe the accomplishment.
You may add more details on attached pages. Contact the Awards Chair if you have questions. Nominations may be made by any individual member of the Kansas Authors Club, by a group or a district.
Member Awards Chair
Writers love a deadline! And the closing date for our Poetry, Prose, and Youth Contests is just around the corner!
Don't delay, Enter Today!
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.
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