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 January - April, 2018 is Time.

TIME is the only constant that continually changes. Depending on who you ask, there's either too much TIME or never enough. Whether it's reflecting on the past, looking to the future or exploring the here and now, Johnson County Library is investing in TIME this spring.

Join us in taking the present to discuss the past and future – 4 months or 120 days or 180,400 minutes depending on how you measure it.

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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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 April 30, 2018

TIME is the only constant that continually changes. Depending on who you ask, there's either too much TIME or never enough. Whether it's reflecting on the past, looking to the future or exploring the here and now, Johnson County Library is investing in TIME this spring.

Join us in taking the present to discuss the past and future – 4 months or 120 days or 180,400 minutes depending on how you measure it.

Prose: 1000 words
Poetry: 60 lines

Ends on May 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.

Poetry limit: 60 lines

Ends on June 30, 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 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

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 limit: 1000 words
Poetry limit: 60 lines