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

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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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 are ineligible
  • The committee selecting works is comprised of Johnson County Library Staff and community volunteers
  • We reserve the right not to present an award
  • Looking for feedback before you submit? Try the Writing Lab at Brainfuse. It's free with your Johnson County Library card and PIN!

Our contest theme for September - December is The Fools Journey.

According to Wikipedia, “in many esoteric systems of tarot card interpretation, the Fool is interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life. This path is known traditionally as the "Fool's Journey".

The fool is associated with folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, and bewrayment.

Write a poem, short story, or essay that follows the Fool on his journey. He might follow the path of the Major Arcana, respond to a one card in particular, or maybe he’s never seen a tarot deck.

Information about tarot can be found at your library! You can also learn to read tarot from Universal Class with your Johnson County Library card number and PIN!

Disclaimer

All submissions must be original work. By submitting, writers warrant and represent that the work is their own. Writers will retain copyright of their submissions. By providing original work, writers agree to allow and permit Johnson County Library the right to print, publish, showcase, reproduce and distribute the submissions. By submitting, writers agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical correction, and cropping. Johnson County Library reserves the right to incorporate and/or disseminate the submission in any form, including, but not limited to, in other publications, marketing, promotions, and other material both internal and external. (12/22/2020)

According to Wikipedia, “in many esoteric systems of tarot card interpretation, the Fool is interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life. This path is known traditionally as the "Fool's Journey".

The fool is associated with folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, and bewrayment.

Write a short story that follows the Fool on his journey. He might follow the path of the Major Arcana, respond to a one card in particular, or maybe he’s never seen a tarot deck.

Information about tarot can be found at your library! You can also learn to read tarot from Universal Class with your Johnson County Library card number and PIN!

Please keep in mind: Stories are limited to 1000 words. Do not include identifying information in your submission. Including identifying information will disqualify your submission.

According to Wikipedia, “in many esoteric systems of tarot card interpretation, the Fool is interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life. This path is known traditionally as the "Fool's Journey".

The fool is associated with folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, and bewrayment.

Write an essay that follows the Fool on his journey. He might follow the path of the Major Arcana, respond to a one card in particular, or maybe he’s never seen a tarot deck.

Information about tarot can be found at your library! You can also learn to read tarot from Universal Class with your Johnson County Library card number and PIN!   

Please keep in mind: Essays are limited to 1000 words. Do not include identifying information in your submission. Including identifying information will disqualify your submission.

According to Wikipedia, “in many esoteric systems of tarot card interpretation, the Fool is interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life. This path is known traditionally as the "Fool's Journey".

The fool is associated with folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, and bewrayment.

Write a poem, short story, or essay that follows the Fool on his journey. He might follow the path of the Major Arcana, respond to a one card in particular, or maybe he’s never seen a tarot deck.

Information about tarot can be found at your library! You can also learn to read tarot from Universal Class with your Johnson County Library card number and PIN!

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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