A Kansas City Publisher for the epic acceleration great stories. 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 small press made by and for creatives with a Heartland spirit. 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 one to two short story anthologies. You could be a part of the adventure!

Poetry: We can't get enough poetry around here. Poems with true voice, that explore form, metaphor, rhythm in new ways with verbs that take us to new places. Narrative, formed, hybrid- we can't wait to see your new work.

One winner of our monthly story and poetry contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, (Roughly August & January) we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print! 

Finalists will be featured in print and ebook. Our books feature original art and a page about each author – with a link to your author page. The final author collections by theme will be available for purchase online. Book titles will be based on winning featured author's work.

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. 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. Our short story collections are for adults. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind. 

How many times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. We pride ourselves on thorough reading of each entry by two to three judges as well as positive and helpful feedback to our writers who submit. 

Rights: We have a onetime copyright for work submitted that is selected and published. We do not keep the copyright on your material. 


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Hybrid Poetry Collection

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? Something with a cohesive theme, a narrative bent, and a hybrid aspect—art, photography, form, typography, a unique theme or something...  “new?” 

Our second annual “Paper Poet in Residence” will be juried by award-winning 2019 poet in residence, Poet T.L Sanders. The 2020 poet in residence will be chosen before National Poetry Month 2020. The winning poet will work on one full-length collection with an editor --to be published in time for Fountainverse Poetry Festival in Kansas City in fall of 2020. The winner is invited to read for at least one open mic at the 2020 event in KC. 

Winners of this poetry in residence will receive 10 copies of their book. This book will be published in both softcover and eBook editions.

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 “new” as well as creativity, risk, & craftmanship as a hybrid 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 with active links. 



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Equal Rights for Women

We've updated the title of this contest to help let you know better what we are looking for. This book inspired by the artwork and poetry of artist, Gloria Heifner will be a collection of work about the journey to women's rights. Educational, entertaining, informative, historical, present day. We want your story. Did you know the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States has never been ratified into law? Women do not have equal rights under the Constitution of the United States and in many countries around the world. Millions of women have spoken out on the journey to equality. Tell us about it!

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“Do we have the audacity to demand the same rights and respect for every woman and young girl in our country and in the world?” Do you have a story, essay or artwork inspired by the global woman’s rights movement? What have you written? What have you shared? What is your message to the world? We are stronger together. Let’s keep putting the word out there for the world to hear! Let’s keep marching. 

#women #womeninthearts #womensrights#womenempowerment #womenhelpingwomen#womensupportwomen#womensrightsarehumanrights#womeninspiringwomen #womensmarch #womenartists #womenshistorymonth #womensmarch

Winners of our contest will receive publication in a book with the title "Audacity", along with a free copy of the book. Winning work will also be featured in both softcover and eBook editions.  This book includes a page about each author -- including a link to your author or artist page on our website. 

This book will be available for purchase online in both softcover and eBook.

Guidelines for each entry: Include your author or artist bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word summary of your story, essay, poem or artwork.) All work must be original and submitted by the author. 

How do we decide which work we select for the contest? They will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, quality & craftsmanship. 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 times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. Art and Poetry submissions are three pieces each submission audacity2 

Photo Credit Molly Adams


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We've updated the title of this contest to help let you know better what we are looking for. This book inspired by the artwork and poetry of artist, Gloria Heifner will be a collection of work about the journey to women's rights. Educational, entertaining, informative, historical, present day. We want your story. Did you know the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States has never been ratified into law? Women do not have equal rights under the Constitution of the United States and in many countries around the world. Millions of women have spoken out on the journey to equality. Tell us about it!
 

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audacity

  

“Do we have the audacity to demand the same rights and respect for every woman and young girl in our country and in the world?” Do you have a story, essay or artwork inspired by the global woman’s rights movement? What have you written? What have you shared? What is your message to the world? We are stronger together. Let’s keep putting the word out there for the world to hear! Let’s keep marching.
#women #womeninthearts #womensrights#womenempowerment #womenhelpingwomen#womensupportwomen#womensrightsarehumanrights#womeninspiringwomen #womensmarch #womenartists #womenshistorymonth #womensmarch
Winners of our contest will receive publication in a book with the title "Audacity", along with a free copy of the book. Winning work will also be featured in both softcover and eBook editions.  This book includes a page about each author -- including a link to your author or artist page on our website.
This book will be available for purchase online in both softcover and eBook.
Guidelines for each entry: Include your author or artist bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word summary of your story, essay, poem or artwork.) All work must be original and submitted by the author.
How do we decide which work we select for the contest? They will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, quality & craftsmanship. 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 times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. Art and Poetry submissions are three pieces each submission 

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Photo Credit Molly Adams


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“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." Mark 4:26-28 

A book of devotions by writers and artists of faith about spiritual growth, renewal, hope, and transformation.

This beautiful logo for our book project above is from Tamela Blessed Art, a creative who also writes about her faith journey. "I relate with flowers because they grow through adversity. A flower sprouts through darkness and grows towards the light. I often use black as a way to express that beauty can stem from darkness, and darkness can lead to something beautiful." 

Many artists create their work from a place of faith but have few outlets to talk about that side of their work.

Maybe you have drawers full of mediations you've written, poetry, or art-- What if we opened that drawer, dusted off our work and reconsidered who might be encouraged by this work? 

We've all learned from so many experiences; we've tried to capture those teachable moments in our art or our writing. Selected entries will become this beautiful book of meditations. Your work from a dark day could make the road easier for someone else. Let's take all these forgotten seeds and let them sprout.

Format: Paperback and ebook. 

Copyrights: The rights to your individual devotional writing will stay with the author after this single publication. You must be the author or artist with the copyright to submit this work. 

Costs: to enter chose a reading fee to pay for this Submittable service which will keep track of all our entries and allow us to send follow up forms without losing any data. Submittable is also an excellent place for you to discover other art and writing opportunities including ones from Flying Ketchup Press. --No Worries. You will hear back either way, within 16 weeks of the contest closing. Submit as many times as you like.

Ready to submit? You can submit up to 5 devotionals and/ or 5 art images per entry. 

Word Count: Each devotional must be under 800 words, but they can be in the same document. 

All Submissions: At the heading of each devotional put the following information below as it applies to your entry listed for each piece. Make sure the title of your uploaded images or documents includes your first and last name plus title

Example: "McCannP-Marigold.jpg" 

  • Your Name: Polly McCann
  • Title: Only One
  • Season/ Month: August
  • Verse: Mark 4:26
  • Quote: n/a
  • Natural or Color      Elements: Marigolds/ Orange
  • Word count: 490

Sample:

I came back to our house after being away for four months. The repairmen had rebuilt it after a fire, but the garden had been left for weeds right after the seedlings were planted. I looked around and to my surprise, I had squash and corn and armfuls of zucchini. The marigold seeds I had planted into a large terra cotta flower pot had grown into a fierce little tree; its roots sunk through rooted in the ground underneath. My best effort couldn't lift it up. That's when I wrote the following: 

Let’s say that every attempt I made to help others, to minister, to spread the good news—failed…except one. Let’s say one little thing I managed to do took root even if I wasn't there to make it grow. Then I’m okay with that. If God can take one marigold and turn into a tree without my help, then what can he do with my life of several decades and my constant desire to serve him? Without me, this tree took root. If only one thing I plant gets through—one thing breaks through the mire and grows into something beautiful then that one thing is more than enough. 

Since that time, I've forgotten, abandoned projects or lost many people and things that were my security: my house again to other circumstances, my grandmothers, my dad, a child, family, friends, and many dreams. I've failed at many things. I've succeeded at a few. But I keep planting new things. I forgot that this little devotional story was inside of me and I was living it out day by day with a fierce determination. Since I wrote that paragraph almost a decade ago, I opened an art studio, an art gallery and now a publishing company. Throughout all those things I've been powered by grace and a lot of prayer. I'd like to dig out a bit of that beautiful hope and sustenance and share it with others. How about you? Maybe you feel the same way. 


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Tales from Castle Keep is for our young writers who love to dive deep into your creative short stories: This is for you if you love to write about kings, knights, and the wonders of the medieval world past, present or future. We are looking for those who love telling a good story. We are searching for the best Fantasy and Sci-fi Stories that take place in weird wild new worlds or have a new take on an original form. 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 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 child and their goals for the future. The final collection for 2021 will be available for purchase online in softcover and ebook. 


Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by a teacher, parent or guardian. Grades 1 to 8 are equivalent are welcome to submit. Include a short bio about the student and what would they chose if they have just one magical wish?


Rating: This book will be a selection of stories for kids by kids

 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 and craftsmanship. 


Length: Looking for 150 to 6,000 words but we are flexible.


How many stories can I submit? You may submit 3 stories per entry. 




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Giants: Is a future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's only friend. You make those forgotten truths have new bite and make us look again at how we see oral tradition.
One winner of our monthly story contests will be featured in social media and get publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online in both softcover 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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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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Giants: Is a future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's only friend. You make those forgotten truths have new bite and make us look again at how we see oral tradition.
One winner of our monthly story contests will be featured in social media and get publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online in both softcover 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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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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Giants: Is a future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's only friend. You make those forgotten truths have new bite and make us look again at how we see oral tradition.
One winner of our monthly story contests will be featured in social media and get publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online in both softcover 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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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. 


fairy tale 

   
Giants: Is a future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's only friend. You make those forgotten truths have new bite and make us look again at how we see oral tradition.
One winner of our monthly story contests will be featured in social media and get publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online in both softcover 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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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. 

   

wonder 


Giants: Is a future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's only friend. You make those forgotten truths have new bite and make us look again at how we see oral tradition.
One winner of our monthly story contests will be featured in social media and get publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online in both softcover 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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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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Tell it Slant: Share your love of short poetry. Whether it's a haiku, a form poem, or just your shortest works. One winner a month will be promoted online in social media and on our website.
Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about 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 a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
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, & 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 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.
How long is your process? It takes up to six months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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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Gray, Grey, Gris: Share your love of the gray times. Whether it's a change in season, emotion, whether it makes us cry a flood of tears or steams up the page-- we want to hear from you. One winner a month will be promoted online in social media and on our website.
Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in Print! Both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about 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 a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
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, & 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 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.
How long is your process? It takes up to six months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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.
 

  

hope 


 Run, Rise, Run: Share what gives you hope. Whether it's spiritual, natural, or effervescent. Whether it makes us laugh or jump over small pets and furniture with exhilaration,  we want to hear from you. One winner a month will be promoted online in social media and on our website.
Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about 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 a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
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, & 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 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.
How long is your process? It takes up to six months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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.
 


deep poetry 

  
  Deep: Share your deepest poems, heart soul mind. Whether it's relationships, politics, beauty or despair. Whether it makes us shout a Whitman-styled "barbaric yop" or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. One winner a month will be promoted online in social media and on our website.
Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in Print! Both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about 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 a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
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, & 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 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.
How long is your process? It takes up to six months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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.
 


blue poetry 

   
   Deep: Share your bluest poems, the sweetness of summer, a July blue sky or that sense of soulfulness words can't explain. Whether it's the ocean, astrophysics or the invisible soul of a flowering relationship. Whether it makes us shout or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. One winner a month will be promoted online in social media and on our website.
Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in Print! Both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about 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 a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
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, & 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 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.
How long is your process? It takes up to six months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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.
 



 


Blue Poetry 

  
 Winners of our monthly art & Illustration contest will be selected by a professional illustration editor and art director to appear in our 2020 collection of poetry. The final selected artwork will be included with the winning poetry for a softcover book! Winning artists whose work appear in our book receive social media promotion and a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one poetry collection with a one-time printing right. You keep your copyright. 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 artist bio (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.
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 & craftsmanship. We love work with great color, contrast, and line quality. Your work must look good in black and white as our books are black and white, our ebooks are in color. 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 to 600 dpi image with instructions.
How much art can I submit? You may submit 10 pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

 


button poetry 

   
   Winners of our monthly art & Illustration contest will be selected by a professional illustration editor and art director to appear in our 2020 collection of poetry. The final selected artwork will be included with the winning poetry for a softcover book! Winning artists whose work appear in our book receive social media promotion and a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one poetry collection with a one-time printing right. You keep your copyright. 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 artist bio (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.
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 & craftsmanship. We love work with great color, contrast, and line quality. Your work must look good in black and white as our books are black and white, our ebooks are in color. 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 to 600 dpi image with instructions.
How much art can I submit? You may submit 10 pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

 


rainy 

   
    Winners of our monthly art & Illustration contest will be selected by a professional illustration editor and art director to appear in our 2020 collection of poetry. The final selected artwork will be included with the winning poetry for a softcover book! Winning artists whose work appear in our book receive social media promotion and a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one poetry collection with a one-time printing right. You keep your copyright. 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 artist bio (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.
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 & craftsmanship. We love work with great color, contrast, and line quality. Your work must look good in black and white as our books are black and white, our ebooks are in color. 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 to 600 dpi image with instructions.
How much art can I submit? You may submit 10 pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

 


Hope  

   
     Winners of our monthly art & Illustration contest will be selected by a professional illustration editor and art director to appear in our 2020 collection of poetry. The final selected artwork will be included with the winning poetry for a softcover book! Winning artists whose work appear in our book receive social media promotion and a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one poetry collection with a one-time printing right. You keep your copyright. 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 artist bio (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.
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 & craftsmanship. We love work with great color, contrast, and line quality. Your work must look good in black and white as our books are black and white, our ebooks are in color. 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 to 600 dpi image with instructions.
How much art can I submit? You may submit 10 pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

 


deep 

   
      Winners of our monthly art & Illustration contest will be selected by a professional illustration editor and art director to appear in our 2020 collection of poetry. The final selected artwork will be included with the winning poetry for a softcover book! Winning artists whose work appear in our book receive social media promotion and a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one poetry collection with a one-time printing right. You keep your copyright. 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 artist bio (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.
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 & craftsmanship. We love work with great color, contrast, and line quality. Your work must look good in black and white as our books are black and white, our ebooks are in color. 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 to 600 dpi image with instructions.
How much art can I submit? You may submit 10 pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.

 


it 


 Do you ever feel like you're running out of room? Do you just need a little more space, a place to spread your wings? Well.. just write over it.  Write all over it. Whether prose or poetry, share your short story with us. This is a collection of teen stories for teens-- 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 softcover and eBook editions titled, "Write Over it!" 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 summary of your story and a few lines of biography with your age, grade, education, and experience with writing (including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story.) Include a quote about one question you have for the world. All work must be original.

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories and will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as character, conflict, setting, dialogue, and creativity. Poetry is selected for voice and use of poetic devices like metaphor, alliteration, and zeugma.

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 to 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? One per teen, please.

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. 

  

it 



 Do you ever feel like you're running out of room? Do you just need a little more space, a place to spread your wings? Well.. just write over it.  Write all over it. Drawing, Painting, Photography, Digital Art-- share your short story with us. We need teen art for this is a collection of teen stories-- 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 softcover and eBook editions titled, "Write Over it!" This book includes a page bio from every teen author and artist along with their goals for the future and their question to the world.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include a summary of your story and a few lines of biography with your age, grade, education, and experience with writing (including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story.) Include a quote about one question you have for the world. All work must be original.

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories and will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as character, conflict, setting, dialogue, and creativity. Poetry is selected for voice and use of poetic devices like metaphor, alliteration, and zeugma.

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

Image: High rez image of 300 dpi if possible. Thanks! jpg type of image preferred.

How many stories can I submit? You may submit three pieces of art per entry. How many times can I submit? One per teen, please.

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. 


space alone 

   

Tales from Time, Space & Robot Dogs is a search for the best Sci-Fi short stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, mysterious creatures, technological wonder, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. Submit today!
Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, other...This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.
One winner of our monthly story contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period (Generally August and January), we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in softcover and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online.
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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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. 


robots 


Tales from Time, Space & Robot Dogs is a search for the best Sci-Fi short stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, mysterious creatures, technological wonder, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. Submit today!
Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, other...This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.
One winner of our monthly story contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period (Generally August and January), we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in softcover and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online.
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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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. 


dogs 

  
Tales from Time, Space & Robot Dogs is a search for the best Sci-Fi short stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, mysterious creatures, technological wonder, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. Submit today!
Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, other...This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.
One winner of our monthly story contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period (Generally August and January), we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in softcover and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online.
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 in 2018 or 2019 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. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind.  
Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.
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, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
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. Submit as many times as you like.
How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
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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