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  • Submissions must be in English and previously unpublished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 Ekphrasis

ek.phra. sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.  

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions.

Never written ekphrastic? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around ekphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1.

Check For Writers | Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) for more information.

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)

Johnson County Library (KS) provides both monthly writing programming and a yearly writers conference that aim to uplift and celebrate writers in our community. Are you interested in teaching with us? If so, tell us who you are, what you're excited about, and how you might share with library patrons. There are no deal-breakers; we simply want to get to know you!

ek.phra. sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.  

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions.

Never written ekphrastic? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around ekphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1. 

Check For Writers | Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) for more information.


Please keep in mind: Poetry is limited to 60 lines or fewer. Do not include identifying information in your submission. Including identifying information will disqualify your submission.

ek.phra. sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.  

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions.

To enter, go to www.readlocal.submittable.com/submit

Never written ekphrastic? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around akphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1. Check For Writers | Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) for more information.

Please keep in mind: Your short story must be 1000 words or fewer. Do not include identifying information in your submission. Including identifying information will disqualify your submission.

ek.phra. sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.  

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions.

To enter, go to www.readlocal.submittable.com/submit

Never written ekphrastic? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around ekphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1. Check For Writers | Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) for more information.


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.

ek.phra. sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.  

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions.

To enter, go to www.readlocal.submittable.com/submit

Never written ekphrastic? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around ekphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1. Check For Writers | Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) for more information.

Please keep in mind: Poetry is limited to 60 lines, and prose must be 1000 words or fewer. Do not include identifying information in your submission. Including identifying information will disqualify your submission.

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