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.


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 months. This varies if we extend the deadline or based on interest in the contest . Publishing a book takes at least a year with developmental editing, layout, copy editing, illustrating, and line editing.


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