A Kansas City Publisher for the epic acceleration of great literature, poetry, children's books and fine arts materials. Our mission: to discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction with a special emphasis in new short stories. We are a publisher made by and for creatives in the Heartland. Our dream is to salvage lost treasure troves of written and illustrated work-- to create worlds of wonder and delight; to share stories. Maybe yours. Find us at www.flyingketchuppress.com.

Our Short Story Collections: We are searching for the best Stories that stretch the imagination- that take place in weird wild new worlds both imaginary and true to life. Is your story full of surprises, twists, adventures, mysteries, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. Each year, we will publish two to three short story anthologies. You could be a part of the adventure!

Winners of our contests will receive publication, along with a free copy of the book mailed to them. Each winning story, artwork, or poem will be featured with a biographical page in the publication and a link to your author/ artist page on our website. 

How do we decide who is published in each collection? Short Stories, Poems, & Art will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, risk, & craftsmanship. 

How many times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. These contests will fund the time by our reading team, editors, translators, designers, and marketing department. They will also help us promote you better and to build up the opportunity to publish even more authors in both fiction and nonfiction. 

Ends on June 30, 2019$5.00 - 10.00
$5.00 - 10.00

Are you a mystery writer? Here is a contest just for you to share your intrigue with the world. Millions of readers are just waiting for the next best mystery writer who will let us curl up with a good book on the train to work, pajama day, the beach, or by the fireside. We need you! Send your cozy mystery short story or novella to us! 

Genres we are looking for: cozy mystery which means within the manuscript is a stronger sense of humor and fair play emphasized over violence. Check out this article on the genre by Publishers Weekly. We are open to surprises. This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.

Winners of our story contest will receive publication. Each winning story will be featured including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2020 will be available for purchase online in both soft cover and eBook. 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your author bio (and any website or author page link) in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word summary of your story. All work must be original and submitted by the author. If your short story is selected for another publication please let us know by email and we will remove your entry. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work is read by our judges anonymously. 

Rating: This book will be a selection of stories expected for adult and teen readers. Strong Language and violence is acceptable when used in context to forward the plot. See "genre" notes above. 

Formatting your submission:  

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 spacing
  • 1-inch margins
  • page numbers
  • Doc, Docx, and PDF files accepted

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, risk, & craftsmanship. 

Length: Looking for 4000 words to 20,000 words per mystery, but we are flexible. 

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry. How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, however, we are publishing several short story collections per year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best.

Flying Ketchup Press is granted First Serial Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, and social media. 


Deep 


Tales from the Deep is for our writers who love to dive deep into your creative short stories: This is for you if you love to write about the ocean, the center of the earth, the outer limits of space, the deep recesses of the subconscious. We are inventing a new term called Thalasso Amare, love of the deep. We are searching for the best Fantasy and Sci-fi Stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, adventures, mysteries, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. 

Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, memoir, other...So anything that fits the theme of or setting surrounding the idea of "deep."  (even non fiction could work) We are open to surprises. This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.

Winners of our story contest will receive publication, Each winning story will be featured including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2020 will be available for purchase online in both soft cover and eBook. 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your author bio (and any website or author page link) in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word summary of your story. All work must be original and submitted by the author. If your short story is selected for another publication please let us know by email and we will remove your entry. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work is read by our judges anonymously. 

Rating: This book will be a selection of stories for adults and teens. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Please keep content geared toward ages 14+. 

Formatting your submission:  

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 spacing
  • 1-inch margins
  • page numbers
  • Doc, Docx, and PDF files accepted

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, risk, & craftsmanship. 

Length: Looking for over  1,500 words and no longer than 8,000 words per story, but we are flexible. 

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry. 

How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, however, we are publishing several short story collections per year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best. Flying Ketchup Press is granted First Serial Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, and social media. 

The Very Edge-- El Extremo Borde-- Le Bord Etroit: Poets, you know you are brilliant so share some of your words with us today. We have an unusual request. Send us your poems on the theme of “the very edge.” Interpret how you will. There are many boundaries to explore--culture, physics, spirit, nature-- share your poems with us. We love narrative free verse but other forms are welcome! Surprise us. We will accept poems written in English, Spanish or French.

Winners of our poetry contest will receive a $15 Visa Gift Card with publication, along with a free copy of the book. Winning stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions titled, "The Very Edge." This book includes a page about each poet -- including a link to your author page on our website. 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission All work must be original and submitted by the author. If previously published and you’ve retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication. 

How do we decide which poems we select for this publication? Poems  will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, & craftmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.

How many poems can I submit? You may submit 3 poems per entry make sure to put them in the same document with Titles and Date clearly marked with no other identifying information. 

How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, however, we are publishing several poetry collections per year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best. The Very Edge-- El Extremo Borde-- Le Bord Etroit

Al Extremo Borde:  Poeta, sabes que eres brillante así que comparte algunas palabras con nosotros hoy.  Tenemos un raro solicitud.  Envíanos tus poemas con el tema "Al Extremo Borde".  Ej: una transición, un cambio de época, estar entre dos espacios o lugares, la necesidad de hacer una decisión o algo metafísico. Interprétalo como quieras.

Los ganadores de este certamen recibirán el siguiente premio: publicación y una gratuita copia del libro.  Cuentos ganadores estarán presentados en las ediciones de "Al Extremo Borde": con tapa blanda y en una edición electrónica (eBook).  Este libro incluye una página de cada poeta -- incluyendo un enlace a tu propia página del autor en nuestro página de Internet. 

La guía para cada entrada:  Incluya en su entrada, su biografía y cualquier sitio de Internet o página de autor junto con un resumen de 50 palabras del cuento. Todas las obras tienen que ser originales e inscritas por el autor mismo.  Si tu obra se publicó anteriormente y tienes derechos de autor, incluye la información de publicación y la fecha del serial publicación.

¿Cómo se decide qué poemas seleccionamos para nuestra publicación? Poemas serán evaluados en su funcions cercanía al tema, su creatividad, la narración y artesanía.  Ningún nombre u otra información que identifique el autor debe estar incluida en el texto del manuscrito de inscripción para que los jueces valoren su obra anónimamente.

¿Cuantas poemas puedo entrar?  Puedes entrar 3 poemas por cada ins  Asegúrese que los presenta en el mismo documento indicando claramente, los Títulos y Fecha.  No más información que los identifique.

¿Cuantas veces puedo presentar?  A tu gusto.  Sin embargo, acuérdate que estamos publicando algunas colecciones de poesía cada año.  Tu trabajo debe conformar con el tema asignado así que asegura que presentas donde tu trabajo pertenece mejor. 


  

Winners of our art & Illustration contest will receive  a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions of one short story collection or one poetry collection. A page about the artist -- including a link to your artist page on our website will also be included in the book in which you are published. 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your artistbio (and any website or artist page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word explanation of your submission.) All work must be original and submitted by the artist. Let us know if you have a theme for your art: sci fi, fantasy, normal, kidlit, or YA.

How do we decide which art we select for the contest? Art will be evaluated on how it fits the theme as well as creativity, subject that fits with stories and poems entered & craftmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission image so that your work is judged anonymously.

Size: Send image size under 1000 kb and if selected you will be asked to send a 300 dpi image with instructions. 

How much art can I submit? You may submit three pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry. 

How many times can I submit? As many as you like. 



wish zone 

Is your child a writer of fiction or non-fiction. Do they have a short story to share? Children age 6 to 11 are encouraged to enter with parent's permission.   

Winners of our story contest will receive a $15 Gift Card with publication, along with a free copy of the book. Winning stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions titled, "Tales from the Wish Zone." This book includes a page bio from every child author and their wish for the future. 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include a biography of your child including their age, grade, education, and experience with writing including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story. Include your own name and relationship to the child. Please include a quote about one wish they have for the world. All work must be original and submitted by a legal guardian of the child. 

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity & craftmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in the submission manuscript text, so that your child's work is read by our judges anonymously.

Length: 250 words to 8,000 words but we are flexible

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry make sure put the Titles and Date clearly marked 

How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

Flying Ketchup Press is granted First Serial Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, email and social media. 


y factor 

Is your teen a writer of fiction or non-fiction. Do they have a short story to share? Teen ages 12 to 17 are encouraged to enter with parent or guardian permission.   


Winners of our story contest will receive a free copy of the book with publication. Winning stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions titled, "The Y Factor with a Big Why?" This book includes a page bio from every teen author and their goals for the future and their question to the world. 


Guidelines for each Entry: Include a biography written by your teen including their age, grade, education, and experience with writing (including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story.) Include your own name and relationship to the teen. Please include a quote about one questions they have for the world. All work must be original and submitted by a legal guardian of the teen. 


How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories and poetry will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity & craftmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in the submission manuscript text, so that your child's work is read by our judges anonymously.


Rating: This book will be a selection of stories rated YA for Young Adult audience level content. 


 Length: Looking for  over  1,500 words and no longer than 8,000 words per story, but we are flexible. .


How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry make sure put the Titles and Date clearly marked with no other identifying information except for the age and grade of your child. 


How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, however, we are publishing several short story collections each school year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best. 


Flying Ketchup Press is granted First Serial Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, email and social media. 

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