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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Stormy Night: Share your art and poetry. You are a survivor, tell your story. That sense of soulfulness is what we want whether it's metaphorical, the flight, the fight, or float on through. Share your poetic journey; whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. Hit us with your poetry lightning. The most striking poems will be published in our 2022 anthology with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021.

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 8 to 12 weeks 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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The Cloudless Air: Share your art and poetry and your times of doubt. That sense of soulfulness is what we want whether it's metaphorical, the flight, the fight, or muddle through blind, to battle confusion. Share your poetic journey; whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. The most clear and enlightening poems will be published in our 2022 anthology with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021.

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. 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 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_Cloudless.

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

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 8 to 12 weeks 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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Call to Writers 

Now’s your chance to spread the laughter! Submit a hilarious short-story, whacky and imaginative, or creative nonfiction. The power of laughter knows no bounds, and your story may just be the one we are looking for. “Laughter is the best medicine,” Take this crazy call for writing as the sign you needed to get you out of your seat and get those comedic juices flowing. Well maybe get into your seat and write without juice, just coffee like normal. But anyways, give us your best, most hilarious story, Whether it's thigh-slapping, gut-churning, or just a bit ticklish, we bet you can kick some of this seriousness to the curb. This is your opportunity to submit a story that’s sure to have someone crying of laughter and begging for more. Hurry and enter. Winners will be promoted online on social media, and on our website. 


What will you win? Finalists will be published in our new ezine, website and top winners will be published in our 2022 anthology collection with Flying Ketchup Press.

Notes: Spoken Word Video entries will be posted on our Youtube channel and in our digital magazine/ebook versions. 


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? It's gotta be funny, no hateful or discriminatory language, please. 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 pieces can you submit? You may submit up to three short pieces of 500 to 4000 words.
All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short 

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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 after the contest closes. 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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