What we’re looking for, in general: Your true stories about Kansas told in an engaging way. Pull us in, make us feel something. Make us laugh or make us cry. Be creative. Use dialog. Careful word choice and fresh imagery is valued. Write your stories in any of the persons (first, second, third). 

Eligible writers: We are looking for true stories about Kansas written by Kansans, therefore  you must be a Kansas resident or have lived in Kansas at some point in your life. 

Theme for Issue #5 (Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2022 Submission Period):

Animal Stories

  1. Remember that our themes are simply prompts to spur your essays. There are so many directions you can go. Surprise us. Engage us. Help us remember what it was like to tame a nest of wild kittens. How did mom react when those kits turned out to be skunks? Ever snuggle with a turtle? Communicate with an owl? Swim with your pet snake?

  2. Personal essays are welcome, but we are also looking for interviews, journalistic pieces, and more. Do you know a veterinarian who deserves the spotlight? Is there an animal shelter leading the way whose operations deserve to be highlighted? There are so many true stories that need to be told.

  3. 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. 

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.

NEW: Include your author bio at the end of your entry.

  • 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

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See our submission calendar for upcoming themes.