Theme for Issue #6 (May 1 - June 30, 2023 Submission Period):
Remember that our themes are simply prompts to spur your essays. There are so many directions you can go. Surprise us. Engage us. Tell us about places that are ultimately Kansas for you. Tell us stories about those iconic places that stand out in your community, perhaps the legends surrounding them, or the school field trips that first introduced you to them.
Personal essays are welcome, but we are also looking for interviews, journalistic pieces, and more. Do you know the man who keeps the grass trimmed for tourists? Could you interview the people who restored, refurbished, or protected? There are so many true stories that need to be told.
Remember, It must be a true story that happened, all or partially, in Kansas. Can your story leave the boundaries of Kansas? Sure! But you must show us that Kansas connection!
Word count: Let’s say 100 - 3,000 words, give or take. How many words does it take for you to tell your story?
Our preference is original, never-before-published pieces.
We will consider pieces that have been published electronically or in limited-audience, small publication format (such as newsletters) if the author retains the right to publish. No simultaneous submissions, please.
105 Meadowlark Reader does not accept AI-generated stories.
Have fun: When a writer enjoys the process, that positive energy comes through to the reader.
Publishing rights: We are asking for First North American Serial Rights.
Payment: Payment is currently $10 per story and one contributor copy of the journal.
How to submit: File types accepted: .doc, .docx, .rtf
Please submit entries in 12-point Times New Roman with double-spaced lines.
IMPORTANT: Include your author bio at the end of your entry. Your name as printed in this bio is how we will refer to you in the rest of the journal. (Exception: Feel free to use titles and degree designations in the bio, but those titles will not be included in the byline, per Meadowlark style.)
Your bio should include:
- 125 words or less
- Written in 3rd person
- A mention of your connection to Kansas (such as where you grew up, your favorite spot in the state, a favorite fact about Kansas).
- Your current city, state of residence
- Feel free to mention any publishing credits as space allows
Attach a high-resolution author photo in JPG format with your entry.
- Bonus points if your author photo includes a Kansas setting.
Submit via Submittable - Meadowlark Press Submission Manager
Limit: you may enter up to two (2) stories per submission period.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.