At Johnson County Library we love local authors. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Our theme for September -  December, 2018 is Women's Voices.

In our western world, the voices of women are not "suppressed." Yet they do not seem to be fully heard. Why is that? This fall Johnson County Library listens intently and provides a safe space for women's voices to be shared. Join our exploration.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Writers must be residents of the Kansas City Metro Area
  • Poetry limit: 60 lines or fewer
  • Prose limit: 1000 words
  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished
  • Submission limit: one submission per category (one poem, one short story, one essay, one open)
  • Please do not include identifying information on your submission. We're serious about this! No name in the document or even the file name. NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION!
  • One short story, one essay, one poem, and one entry from an open category will be selected for publication on our Staff Picks blog
  • Runners up may be posted on the Staff Picks blog
  • Authors of selected works must be available for a reading in the Kansas City Metro Area
  • Authors who read will receive a $200 honorarium, provided in part by The Johnson County Library Foundation and the Joan Berkley Writers Fund
  • Johnson County Library staff and The Writers Place staff and Board Members are ineligible
  • The committee selecting works is comprised of  Johnson County Library Staff and Members of the The Writers Place
  • We reserve the right not to present an award
  • Co-sponsored by The Writers Place, where you can find additional writing contests, readings, classes, and workshops
Ends on November 29, 2018

In our western world, the voices of women are not "suppressed." Yet, they do not seem to be fully heard. Why is that? This fall Johnson County Library listens intently and provides a safe space for women's voices to be known. Many of our Exhibitions this fall will also feature women's voices. Reflect on your own experience, or those of on who is important to you.

Prose limit: 1000 words
 

In our western world, the voices of women are not "suppressed." Yet, they do not seem to be fully heard. Why is that? This fall Johnson County Library listens intently and provides a safe space for women's voices to be known. Many of our Exhibitions this fall will also feature women's voices. Reflect on your own experience, or those of someone who is important to you.

Prose limit: 1000 words
Poetry limit: 60 lines

On March 30, 2019 Johnson County Library will host an expo-type program focused on Food Systems in Johnson County from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. This is a time to tell the story of food insecurity, informing both the secure and the insecure of resources and agencies working on safe and accessible food systems.

We invite our community partners to participate and look for interactive presentations and booths targeting families looking for fun things to do.

To help us provide a vibrant and balanced program, please tell us what you would like to bring to the Expo.

Thank you for your interest in presenting your talent at Johnson County Library. While we love author events, we can not accommodate every request. We do, however, host events throughout the year that may suit your needs, including our monthly, mixed genre literary series, Now Presenting, our annual Writers Conference, and occasional special events.

Our programs are often co-sponsored by The Writers Place, The Raven Book Store, and The Johnson County Library Foundation.

Help us find the event best suited to your work by answering a few questions.

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