A Kansas City Publisher for the epic acceleration of great literature, poetry, children's books and fine arts materials. 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 publisher made by and for creatives in the Heartland. 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 two to three short story anthologies. You could be a part of the adventure!

Winners of our contests will receive publication, along with a free copy of the book mailed to them. Each winning story, artwork, or poem will be featured with a biographical page in the publication and a link to your author/ artist page on our website. 

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, quality, uniqueness, & craftsmanship. 

How many times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. The reading fee will fund the time by our reading team, editors, translators, designers, and marketing department. They will also help us promote you better and to build up the opportunity to publish even more authors in both fiction and nonfiction.  

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

Ends on March 15, 2020$25.00
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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, 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. Winner must agree to read for at least one open mic at the 2020 event in KC. 

Winners of this poetry in residence will receive a $100 for travel expenses and 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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“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. 


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. 


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


 

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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.


Winners of our contest will receive 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 page on our website. 


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 or stories we select for this publication? Poems will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, & 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. The artwork is to be submitted to our art contest form.


How many poems can I submit? You may submit 3 poems per entry or one story. 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. Remember, however, we are publishing several poetry collections per year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best.

Ends on April 15, 2020$5.00
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Poets, you know you are brilliant so share some of your words with us today. We have an unusual request. Send us your dark poetry. There are many boundaries to explore--culture, physics, spirit, nature-- share your poems with us. We love narrative free verse but other forms are welcome! Surprise us. 


Winners of our poetry contest will be published in both softcover and eBook editions titled, "The Very Edge." This book includes a page about each poet -- including a link to your author page on our website. First place poet who enters will be selected to submit a full manuscript for publication!! Second and third place poets who enter will be asked to submit a chapbook for publication. Get your poems out there for all the people to see!


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. 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. Remember, however, we are publishing several poetry collections per year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best.

 
Winners of our art & Illustration contest will receive  a free copy of the book their art is published. Winning entries will be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions of one short story collection or one poetry collection. 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. Let us know if you have a theme for your art: sci fi, fantasy, normal, kid-lit, or YA.
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, subject that fits with stories and poems entered & craftsmanship. 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 three pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.


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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.


Winners of our story contest will receive publication, along with a free copy of the book. Each winning story will be featured including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2021 will be available for purchase online in both soft cover 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 and teens. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Content geared toward ages 14+.
 

Formatting your submission:  

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 spacing
  • 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 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. 


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