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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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
  • 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 
  • 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 February 28, 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

Ends on March 31, 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

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