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, 2019 is A Universe of Stories.

This summer Johnson County Library highlights the history of space exploration and inspires writers of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories. Help us celebrate A Universe of Stories by submitting one of your own. 

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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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 Tutor.com. It's free with your Johnson County Library card and PIN!




This summer Johnson County Library highlights the history of space exploration and inspires writers of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories. Help us celebrate A Universe of Stories by submitting one of your own.  

Word limit: 1000

This summer Johnson County Library highlights the history of space exploration and inspires writers of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories. Help us celebrate A Universe of Stories by submitting one of your own.  

Prose limit: 1000 words
Poetry limit: 60 lines

Have you ever dreamed of dining with a successful, published author? Now might be your chance! Enter our essay contest explaining why you and your closest friend should have dinner with Ron Currie

Currie is a novelist and screenwriter. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Library Association. His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Believer, and elsewhere. He's a native of Maine, where he still lives. 

He'll choose the most compelling essay and, if chosen, you and your closest friend will spend an evening chatting with him over dinner. Date to be determined between Monday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 20 from 6:00 - 8:00.


Dinner is on us *alcohol excluded.
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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