A Kansas City Publisher founded in 2018 for the epic acceleration of new voices in poetry and short story. The ketchup stands for that one last thing you still have in the cupboard, making do with what you have can lead to creative results. Our vision, help creatives catch up with new audiences through books, and e-publications. 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.

Poetry: We can't get enough poetry around here. Our favorite style is narrative poetry, but we enjoy all kinds; new forms, old forms, and especially those that distill a great voice, use several poetic tools to move beyond prose and take us to new places or unique perspectives on the every day. Narrative, formed, hybrid—we can't wait to see your new work.

Our Short Story Collections: We chose our poetry for the voice, short stories for the choice. Short Stories will be evaluated on deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue. We are searching for the best stories that stretch the imagination—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. We celebrate new and classic forms of short story, and more traditional lengths with an emphasis on character, setting, and dialogue. Each year, we will publish one to two short story anthologies. You could be a part of the adventure!

Art: We enjoy art with great line quality, good contrast, and nice composition. We love art that mixes several ideas and images together. Our motto is post-modern: give us a good mix of retro and new. We love art with great texture and line quality for our paperback books in black and white. Ebooks in color.

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 & craftsmanship. Our short story collections and poetry collections are for adults & teens. Rather than looking for the next shock effect, our press emphasizes stories that are entertaining, stay with you long after reading, and explore new takes on the short story form. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind. So we call it 14+. Strong Language is fine when used in context. 



 



It's all about words. Submit Your Best Writing Terms to Ketchupedia. Ketchupedia: is a space for words for writers. Have you coined a new term you use to help writers? Or do you have a favorite? We are building a database of words for writers and you are welcome to submit yours!
Please send your term, its definition, how you use it to help writers, and where you first discovered or invented that term. You could be invited to be on our upcoming podcast or be a guest on our Relishing our Writers blog!
Words we have collected over 200 words so far for our Ketchupedia collection soon to be a podcast and eventually a publication for members. Help us share what writing is all about. Some of the words we have so far: Sylvanocity, Psychic Distance, Endowed Objects, Dialog Beat, White Space, and more... Win the fame of being our Word of the Month author! Social Media, Blog, Youtube Video. We'll post all about you and how you help writers understand the craft of writing with your original word or original take on a word we use every day. February's Prompt is "Conflict." What's your best tip for writers?


Submit up to 3 words per entry.




 


Bold Face 


Bold Face: Poems (and Art) about Strength 

Whether you take on a strong voice or just share a story about someone fearless, someone who had the nerve to stand up for what was right, make a difference, change the world send us a poem about it. Paint us a portrait in words. Past, present, or future. Take us on a journey of strength. 


Finalists will be published in an upcoming anthology collection with Flying Ketchup Press. Spoken Word Video entries will be posted on our Youtube channel and in our digital magazine/ ebook versions. Artists and Photographers highly encouraged to enter. Form poets, Graphic designers, font designers highly encouraged to enter. 

Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about who we admire that has strength? When was the last time we spoke up? Bold Face. Share with us your poems and artwork when you or someone you know had the boldness to be strong. 


Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!! Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose from to invite to a digital magazine publication or blog feature.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication. All poems must be in regular 12 point font, Times New Roman (please excuse the irony).

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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously.

How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems in one document, three videos, and or three works of art per entry. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Bold.

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.

 


C Note 


C-Note:   A short story contest celebrating 100 years of modern short stories in the public domain.

 O'Connor, Hemmingway, Hawthorn, Gilman, Poe, Irving, Sayers, Fitzgerald, Wilde, Wells, Maupassant, Henry, Doyle, Woolf, Lovecraft, Forster, London, Akutawawa, Lang, Howard, Wallace, Kipling, and more

The originators of today's modern story storm form created the literary genre we love today, but often they are out of copyright. Some forgotten gems lie ready to be dusted off and put back on the shelf. Let's celebrate short stories in the public domain by updating, editing, altering, or celebrating one of your favorite modern tales. Join in this time travel call for short fiction that speaks to both past and present.
 

 Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the authors of the past and who we are today. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Re-tell that same story today.


The top 12 finalists will be published in a short story collection with Flying Ketchup Press.


 Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication. All references to public domains must be copyright free. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. Your story must be preceded by the inclusion of the title and a short summary of the public domain work it was inspired by. We prefer stories that are under 8000 words.

How do we decide which stories we select for this publication? Stories will be evaluated on character development, setting, engaging plot, contemporary style and dialogue, and a graceful re-entry into the 21st century.
 

How many stories can you submit? You may submit three. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Cnote.
 

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months. Publishing a book takes at least a year with developmental editing, layout, copy editing, illustrating, and line editing.

 


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Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.


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Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.


fast forward 

  
 



Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.


fast forward 

  
 



Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.


fast forward 

  
 



Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.


fast forward 

  
 



Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the poets of the past and the poets of the present. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Tell us what your favorite poet would be like today. 






Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way. Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before. 

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). You will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have 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, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 


How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems and or three works of art per entry in one document or video. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Fast.
 

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


How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months of submission. This monthly contest will end in July. Winners will be notified in the summer and fall. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in 2022. We have published over 200 authors from all over the world. This is our third year as a small Traditional Press.

Flying Ketchup Press