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. 



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Inspired by artists Gloria Heifner & Jane Borcherding, “Do we have the audacity to speak out to those working to quiet us? 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 stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions.  This book includes a page about each author -- including a link to your author page on our website. 

This book will be available for purchase online in both soft cover 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 stories we select for the contest? Short stories, poems and essays 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


who rescued who 

  

Short Story Contest about your best friend! What did you think  when you rescued your pet and brought her home? When you rescued that cat with the amazing eyes? You thought you were being a good person-- someone who was just helping make the world a better place. Then your own world was rocked in unexpected ways. You became one of those people with dog pictures on your phone. The “no dogs on the couch” gave way to “here’s your couch” or “I’ll move over so you fit on your side of the bed.” Maybe you now understand that cats were truly appreciated by the ancients because of the way your kitty seems to tilt his head and read your mind and then…ignore your requests. Tell us how you became an advocate for your best friend or his entire rescue shelter, or maybe just how that one small heartbeat saved yours. Tell your story.

A percentage of sales of our finished published collection will go to vetted organizations including but not limited to Atlanta DREAM Dachshund Rescue, Heartland Beagle and Basset Rescue and Ray of Hope KCK. 

Winners of our story contest will receive publication, along with a copy of the book. Winning stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions in 2020 titled, "Who Saved Who: Tales of Rescue." This book includes a page about each author -- including a link to your author page on our website.  

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. 

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. 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: aim for no longer  than 8,000 words per story. Though 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. who rescued who 


Ends on July 15, 2019$5.00 - 10.00
$5.00 - 10.00


catbird 


Are you a mystery writer? Here is a contest just for you to share your intrigue with the world. Millions of readers are just waiting for the next best mystery writer who will let us curl up with a good book on the train to work, pajama day, the beach, or by the fireside. We need you! Send your cozy mystery short story or novella to us! 

Genres we are looking for: cozy mystery which means within the manuscript is a stronger sense of humor and fair play emphasized over violence. Check out this article on the genre by Publishers Weekly. We are open to surprises. This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.

Winners of our story contest will receive publication. 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 2020 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 please let us know by email and we will remove your entry. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work is read by our judges anonymously. 

Rating: This book will be a selection of stories expected for adult and teen readers. Strong Language and violence is acceptable when used in context to forward the plot. See "genre" notes above. 

Formatting your submission:  

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 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 4000 words to 20,000 words per mystery, but we are flexible. 

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry. How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, 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 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 


Tales from the Deep is for our writers who love to dive deep into your creative short stories: This is for you if you love to write about the ocean, the center of the earth, the outer limits of space, the deep recesses of the subconscious. We are inventing a new term called Thalasso Amare, love of the deep. We are searching for the best Fantasy and Sci-fi Stories that take place 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. 

Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, memoir, other...So anything that fits the theme of or setting surrounding the idea of "deep."  (even non fiction could work) 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 author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2020 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 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. Please keep 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 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. 


Tales from Castle Keep is for our 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 looking for: sci-fi, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, memoir, other...So anything that fits the theme of or setting surrounding the idea of "deep."  (even non fiction could work) 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 author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2020 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 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. Please keep content geared toward ages 14+. 


Preferred 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 


 

long story 


Long Story Short is for our writers who love to write short stories of any length. Micro, Flash, Short, Medium and Long. This is for you if you love to work your skills with words and worlds but you find yourself with a story that is too long for flash fiction and too short for a novel— Hey it might be just right for us! We are searching for the best Fantasy and Sci-fi Stories that take place 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. 


Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, memoir, other...So anything that fits the theme of an entertaining short work  (even non- fiction could work) 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 author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for 2020 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 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. Please keep content geared toward ages 14+.
 

Preferred 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 15,000 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 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. 

  

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 artistbio (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, kidlit, 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 & craftmanship. 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 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. 


Ends on September 1, 2019$5.00
$5.00



 

dream

  

The Dream Zone is our collection of weird and wonderful stories that take place inspired from remembered or imagined dreams. The Dream Zone volume 1 is coming out this fall in 2019. We enjoyed it so much we are making another volume. Send us your dream stories real or imagined. Was your life changed by a remembered dream? Or have you recreated a dream world to wow and inspire wonder in our readers. Then you’ve got the right material. Submit today! 


Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, non fiction, metaphysical, psychological, science, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, memoir, other...So anything that fits the theme of "Dreams" or addressing the idea of the "subconscious."  We are open to surprises. This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.


Our Short Story Collections: We are searching for the best Stories that stretch the imagination- that take place 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.  


Winners of our story contest will receive publication, along with a free copy of the book and a $25 Visa gift card. 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 2018 (a set of three books) 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. Please keep content geared toward ages 14+.
 

Preferred 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 two stories per entry make sure to put them in the same document with Titles and Date written clearly marked with no other identifying information. 


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