Flying Ketchup Press ® established in 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri to develop new and diverse voices in poetry and short story. 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.

What do we publish? Each year we create one dynamic, literary, and artistic anthology for poetry and one for short story. We emphasize fun, beauty, art, and artists in our books. Our books are known for our craft and design and are rated 14+ for adults and teen-friendly. They are entertaining, wonderful, and either make you think or make you feel good.

What are we looking for: poetry, we can't get enough that distills a great voice to move beyond prose and take us to new places. We chose our poetry for the voice, short stories for the choice. Short Stories will be evaluated on deep characters with hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue. We want to stretch our imagination 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. 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.

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You are My Sunshine: Share your art and poetry for children, the perspective of a child, the silly times and serious times, the best poetry and very short story for children to give them the joy and awareness of rhythm of the English language. Whether it's metaphorical, whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. The most lifting poems and stories will be published in a poetry anthology for children.

Our books include a bio of each author, including a link to your author page on our website. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!! Poets will receive a copy of the book as well as the ability to purchase author copies indefinitely for their own promotions, events and sales. 


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? Work 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 or stories per entry in one document. You may submit up to three pieces of art as well.  All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Sunshine.


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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within three months after the end of the contest. It takes six months to a year to publish a full collection of poetry in book form, in order to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.



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Short Story Contest: Wizard of Oz
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oz 

 Share your short stories for children, in true Frank Baum-Ozian style, the silly times and serious times, the best characters, the journey, the magic, a short story for children. Whether it's a culture in Oz explored in his fourteen volumes or whether it makes us catch our breath with something new, we want to hear from you. The most creative and child reader-friendly stories will be published in an illustrated anthology for children in both ebook, audiobook, and paperback.

Our books include a bio of each author, including a link to your author page on our website. Each winner gets a copy of the book and can buy author copies indefinitely for their personal events, promotions, and sales. 


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 work we select for this publication? Work will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, color, setting, and strong character 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 stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry in one document. You may submit up to three sketches to support your work.  All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Oz.

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within three months after the end of the contest. It takes twelve months plus to publish an anthology in book form, in order to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.





 

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Book  


In celebration of our first cozy mystery published this summer by Flying Ketchup Press, This New Job's Murder: The Melody Shore Mysteries, we are opening up a call for cozy mystery writers. 

Are you a mystery writer? Here is a contest just for you to share your intrigue with the world. 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 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 and promotion on our blog and an opportunity submit a full collection to our editors for publication. Our first collection is available for purchase online in both soft cover and eBook. Check it out! 

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-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 2,000 words to 8,000 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, 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 the 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. 

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ketchupedia 




Fourth annual Poetry Editor in Residence

Would you like to have a full poetry collection published by a traditional publisher? Do you have a full collection of work, something bigger than a chapbook? Even better is this manuscript something with a cohesive theme, a narrative bent, an advocacy, or a hybrid aspect such as art, photography, form, typography,  or something...new?

Our fourth annual “Paper Poet in Residence” The 2023 poet in residence will be chosen and announced during U.S. National Poetry Month 2023. Past poets are award-winning Poet. T.L. Sanders and Glass Artist/Advocat, Hasna Sal.

Winners of this poetry in-residence will receive 20 copies of their book. This book will be published in both softcover and eBook editions. 

The winning poet will work on one full-length collection with an editor. Teach three virtual workshops for Ketchupedia, and juror for our annual anthology of poetry entries for 2023. 


Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a summary of your submitted collection). All work must be original and submitted by the author.

Selection Committee: Poetry Collections by one author will be evaluated on how they fit the theme of “artist advocate” as well as creativity, risk, & craftmanship as a poetry book. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.


Length: approximately 60 to 100 book size pages (60 traditional-length poems)

How many poetry collections can I submit? You may submit one manuscript per entry. Each manuscript MUST have page numbers and a table of contents.

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salt 



Flying Ketchup Press has two Poetry imprints looking for manuscripts! Salt and Pepper Press is our Hybrid press, so poets can get a manuscript published with epic acceleration. 


We will publish 12 manuscripts a year. Would you like to have a full poetry collection published? Do you have a full collection of work, something 40 to 60 poems? Would you like an editor to guide you through the process of publication?

Poets who are selected will get 10 copies of their book and reduced cost author copies as many as they need. Their book will be published in both softcover and eBook editions with 

  • Barnes and Noble, Nook
  • Kindle, Kindle fire/ paperwhite
  • Apple iPad/iPhone
  • Kobo/Clara

There is a requirement in those accepting the hybrid publishing for a sponsor/ patron or donation of $400 for a black and white book up to 100 pages to help pay 50% of the publishing costs. However, we provide high-quality, professional library-ready work. We are also experts in art, graphics, design, layout, and creativity.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a summary of your submitted collection). All work must be original and submitted by the author. Author retains copyright of their work. There is no age limit-young writers are welcome to submit. 


Selection Committee: Poetry Collections by one author will be evaluated on how they fit the theme of “creative lyrical narrative” as well as craftmanship and poetic tools. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.


Length: approximately 40 to 60 poems, 1 per page (left justified)


How many poetry collections can I submit? You may submit one manuscript per entry. Each manuscript MUST have page numbers and a table of contents.


Coyote Point Press is the literary fiction imprint of Flying Ketchup Press, publishing short stories of the highest caliber.  We believe in exceptional fiction that pushes the boundaries of genres and spans emotional landscapes, taking readers behind the masks and under the skin of our evocative, complicated and frail humanity.  Our stories will thrill your heart with bouts of passion and fury, pleasure and tenderness, and most importantly, will awaken you to every sensual moment of hope and joy that makes you feel fully human and alive.

Call for Short Fiction Collections:

Coyote Point Press, the literary fiction imprint of Flying Ketchup Press, is now accepting submissions for our next published short story collection.  Note that writers must have enough polished work to comprise a solo collection of short fiction, 60,000-100,000 words.

We believe in short stories with all our hearts.  Stories allow us to visit the worlds of characters from every walk of life—and experience many of them in one collection or anthology.  We’re looking for soulful, smart, passionate, humorous, sensitive and heart-opening short fiction that moves us and makes us remember what it is to feel fully alive.  While many publishers are sidelining short story collections with the dubious thought that they “don’t sell well,” we’re celebrating them.  We are committed to the form, with its unique and rich ability to help readers quickly dive into the interior lives of protagonists and walk with them through their failings and faults, their joys and elations, their heartbreaks and healings.

Specifically, we are looking for upmarket literary and commercial fiction, book club and women’s fiction.  Please no science fiction, magical realism, or fantasy.  We are looking for the next short fiction author with quality short fiction for today's audiences.

No length restrictions.  Stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words are suggested, however we do not restrict writers in story length.  We do, however, in longer forms, want the story to compel us to keep reading.

How do we decide which collections are right for us?  Stories will be evaluated on creativity, narrative voice, emotional depth, and craftsmanship.  We love memorable characters, deep dives into the human heart, and stories that make us look deeply at who we are--fiction that changes us. (Our Flying Ketchup counterparts like to say Short story is about choice. Make sure your setting and dialog push your backstory and plot forward.)

How many stories can You submit?  One from your collection. **If you submit, please have enough polished work to comprise a collection so we can ask to see more.

How many times can I submit?  As many as you like. Runners up will be invited to post a story on our blog.

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within three months after the end of the contest.  Should your work be chosen, it takes eight months to a year to publish a full collection of stories in book form, allowing time for an author to work with our editors, and for the processes of graphic design, book cover, layout and production.

Guidelines for each Entry:

  • Please submit one (1) story from your unpublished short story collection.
  • Your unpublished collection  must be 60,000 - 100,000 words, with a little leeway.  We prefer at least 10 short stories for a collection.
  • Individual stories may be any length, shorter or longer, but the word count of the entire collection is important for publication.  (You must have enough work to constitute a full book.)
  • All work must be original and submitted by the author.  If you have previously published the stories in journals or other outlets, please include the publication and date of former publication.  You must own the rights to the story or stories to be considered.  If your stories have been published in Literary Journals, it is extremely likely that rights stay with you or revert to you after their publication.
  • We do all submissions through www.Submittable.com, which is free for authors to join.  A fee of $3 for processing is charged for your submission.
  • All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name - Short Story Title.
  • Please don’t email us to check on the status of your submission, and please allow 12 weeks for us to review your work.  We will contact you only if we are interested in your work

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUBMITTING!!  We believe in Fiction, and we welcome your work. Your voice is important. Write on!

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portrait 

 


Portrait Poems call for art and poetry. Have you ever wanted to capture the perfect likeness of someone you found fascinating? Friend, Stranger, Famous, infamous. Now is your chance. Who do you know that is such an intriguing character they should have their portrait painted, songs written about them, ballads recited about their journey from darkness into the light? Now is your chance because a poem can contain all those things. Write us a poem about one person, tell us their biography, paint their picture, and let us meet them through your lyrical or formed verse. Whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. The most narrative biopic poems and artwork will be published in our 2024 anthology with Flying Ketchup Press.

Our books include a bio of each poet, including a link to your author page on our website. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!

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, using poetic tools and devices. The point of view must be clear without the vague use of "you" or "I." 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 so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. 

How many poems can I submit? You may submit one poem per entry in one document. You may submit up to four pieces of art. And you can submit as many times as you wish.  All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_portrait24.


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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 4 months after the contest. It takes six months to a year to publish a full collection of poetry in book form in order to include time for authors to work with our editors and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout. This is not a journal or an online journal, so we do take previously published work.

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tell tale heart 


Some people argue that every short story should have a little bit of "The Tell-Tale Heart"–something hidden just below the surface. We are looking for characters whose choices are up for debate and a setting you can sink your teeth into. Whether you time travel to the past, the future, or the world that is now, we want to read your work for our next short fiction collection. 

Winners:  Will receive $100 and publication in our anthology.  Finalists are automatically entered into a pool our editors choose from for offers of a full manuscript for publication.

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? Stories will be evaluated by at least two jurors on how they fit the theme, as well as creativity, conflict, character, dialogue, setting, and point of view. 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. We pride ourselves in giving some feedback to each entry when humanly possible.

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_TellTale.  

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3  months of submission. Our anthology from the winning poets will be published in October 2023. We have published over 300 authors from all over the world. This is our fifth year as a small Traditional Press.

Flying Ketchup Press