Monday, August 31, 2020



Excitement is building at Peter Pan Park in Emporia as we (Tracy Million Simmons & Cheryl Unruh) huddle in a proper, socially-distanced way on concrete picnic benches to sketch out plans for a captivating new journal. 

105 Meadowlark Reader will publish stories about Kansas written by people who have lived within the bounds of this crinkle-cornered, mostly-rectangular state. 

Yes! A journal of Kansas stories! By Kansas writers! 

Why 105? Our goal is to share stories from writers who live or have lived in each of the 105 counties of Kansas. We plan to showcase the diversity of Kansas writers in this journal. 

We want to hear from writers in Elbing and Elkhart. Brewster? Yes. As well as Weir, White Cloud, and Waverly. Not to mention Piqua, Pratt, and Paradise. 

Whether you live in a city, a small town, or on two acres of timber along the Verdigris River, if you write true stories about your days and nights under this big Kansas sky, we want to read them. 

The theme for our inaugural issue is: beginnings (whatever "beginnings" means to you). 

Our submission period is: November 1-December 31, 2020.

So there ya go, Kansas writers! Reach under your bed and dig out those personal Kansas essays you’ve already written. Or write something new. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Cheryl & Tracy

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