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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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

 “If you have no road map, you have to create your own.” - Jacqueline Woodson

This spring, Johnson County Library charts a new path, exploring issues facing our community, and honoring the bravery it takes to venture forward with no roadmap. Our teen and youth programs will focus on individuality and expression, cultivating a sense of self in our young people, while our adult programs will explore one significant issue impacting our community and the world around us--food insecurity.  

Join us and explore the ways we stand up, speak out, break free and create our own road maps, every day.
Poetry limit: 60 lines

 “If you have no road map, you have to create your own.” - Jacqueline Woodson
This spring, Johnson County Library charts a new path, exploring issues facing our community, and honoring the bravery it takes to venture forward with no roadmap. Our teen and youth programs will focus on individuality and expression, cultivating a sense of self in our young people, while our adult programs will explore one significant issue impacting our community and the world around us--food insecurity.  
Join us and explore the ways we stand up, speak out, break free and create our own road maps, every day.
 Word limit: 1000

 “If you have no road map, you have to create your own.” - Jacqueline Woodson
This spring, Johnson County Library charts a new path, exploring issues facing our community, and honoring the bravery it takes to venture forward with no roadmap. Our teen and youth programs will focus on individuality and expression, cultivating a sense of self in our young people, while our adult programs will explore one significant issue impacting our community and the world around us--food insecurity.  
Join us and explore the ways we stand up, speak out, break free and create our own road maps, every day.
Word limit: 1000

“If you have no road map, you have to create your own.” - Jacqueline Woodson

This spring, Johnson County Library charts a new path, exploring issues facing our community, and honoring the bravery it takes to venture forward with no roadmap. Our teen and youth programs will focus on individuality and expression, cultivating a sense of self in our young people, while our adult programs will explore one significant issue impacting our community and the world around us--food insecurity.  

Join us and explore the ways we stand up, speak out, break free and create our own road maps, every day.

Poetry line limit: 60 lines 

Word limit: 1000


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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