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 is Ain't It the Truth?

Each of us constructs memories through the complexity of experience and past history. When grappling with memory, we wrestle with varying interpretations, subjective versus objective truths, differing representations of culture, and the complexity of remembering a historical event itself. History is truth, or is it? How we remember history is different from the actual history itself. Join us this fall as Johnson County Library strolls down memory lane in Ain’t It the Truth?

  • Poetry limit: 40 lines
  • Fiction limit: 1000 words
  • Submission limit: one submission, per category per theme
  • 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 15 minute reading at Johnson County Library
  • Authors who read will receive a $200 honorarium, provided in part by The Johnson County Library Foundation and the Joan Berkley Writers Fund.
  • We reserve the right not to present an award.
  • Co-sponsored by The Writers Place.


Ends in 6 days, 18 hours

Each of us constructs memories through the complexity of experience and past history. When grappling with memory, we wrestle with varying interpretations, subjective versus objective truths, differing representations of culture, and the complexity of remembering a historical event itself. History is truth, or is it? How we remember history is different from the actual history itself. 

Join us in exploring our collective memory in Ain’t It the Truth?

Poetry: 40 lines

Ends on October 31, 2017

Each of us constructs memories through the complexity of experience and past history. When grappling with memory, we wrestle with varying interpretations, subjective versus objective truths, differing representations of culture, and the complexity of remembering a historical event itself. History is truth, or is it? How we remember history is different from the actual history itself. 

Join us in exploring our collective memory in Ain’t It the Truth?

Prose: 1000 words

Ends on November 30, 2017

Each of us constructs memories through the complexity of experience and past history. When grappling with memory, we wrestle with varying interpretations, subjective versus objective truths, differing representations of culture, and the complexity of remembering a historical event itself. History is truth, or is it? How we remember history is different from the actual history itself.

Join us in exploring our collective memory in Ain’t It the Truth?

Prose: 1000 words

Ends on December 31, 2017

Each of us constructs memories through the complexity of experience and past history. When grappling with memory, we wrestle with varying interpretations, subjective versus objective truths, differing representations of culture, and the complexity of remembering a historical event itself. History is truth, or is it? How we remember history is different from the actual history itself. 

Join us in exploring our collective memory in Ain’t It the Truth?

Prose: 1000 words
Poetry: 40 lines