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 May - August, 2018 is Music.

Music, according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “is the universal language of all mankind”. But is it really? When compared to body language, the language of bees and flowers, the written and spoken word, is music truly the one, cross-cultural, unifying force?

Undoubtedly, a song’s melody holds the power to convey emotional meaning, but does that melody evoke the same feeling in each listener? 

If, in the words of Shakespeare, music be the food of love, play on. Play on with us as we explore the many facets at the core of this shared human experience.

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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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 Staff and Members of the The Writers Place and Johnson County Library 
  • 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 July 31, 2018

Music, according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “is the universal language of all mankind”. But is it really? When compared to body language, the language of bees and flowers, the written and spoken word, is music truly the one, cross-cultural, unifying force?

Undoubtedly, a song’s melody holds the power to convey emotional meaning, but does that melody evoke the same feeling in each listener? 

If, in the words of Shakespeare, music be the food of love, play on. Play on with us as we explore the many facets at the core of this shared human experience.

Prose limit: 1000 words

Ends on August 31, 2018

 Music, according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “is the universal language of all mankind”. But is it really? When compared to body language, the language of bees and flowers, the written and spoken word, is music truly the one, cross-cultural, unifying force?

Undoubtedly, a song’s melody holds the power to convey emotional meaning, but does that melody evoke the same feeling in each listener? 

If, in the words of Shakespeare, music be the food of love, play on. Play on with us as we explore the many facets at the core of this shared human experience.

Prose limit: 1000 words
Poetry limit: 60 lines

If you’ve ever dreamed of dining with a successful, published author, now is your chance! Enter our essay contest explaining why you and your closest friend should get to have dinner with Joshua Mohr. He'll choose the most compelling essay and you and your closest friend might get to do just that. We've reserved Saturday, September 15th from 6:00 - 8:00.

Dinner is on us *alcohol excluded.

Word limit: 1000

Find out what makes a reader keep reading or move on. Panelists Lisa Bankoff, Jessica Conoley, j.d. tulloch will live critique a randomly selected, anonymously submitted piece. Find out if they each would keep reading and why.

To be considered your piece must:

- include a title and genre

- be one page

- single-sided

- double spaced

- contain NO identifying information

- your piece will not be returned, so please attend the session and take notes, or record.

The Writers Conference is November 1 - 4th at Johnson County Library - Central Resource, 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212. For more information, check the conference website.

Find out what makes a reader keep reading or move on. Panelists Lisa Bankoff, Jessica Conoley, j.d. tulloch will live critique a randomly selected, anonymously submitted piece. Find out if they each would keep reading and why.
To be considered your piece must:
- include a title and genre
- be one page
- single-sided
- double spaced
- contain NO identifying information
- your piece will not be returned, so please attend the session and take notes, or record.

 The Writers Conference is November 1 - 4th at Johnson County Library - Central Resource, 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212. For more information, check the conference website

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