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 #1 (November 1 - December 31 Submission Period):


  1. Whatever beginnings means to you. A fresh start. A new life. A new adventure.

  2. It must be a true story that happened, all or partially, in Kansas. 

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 $10 per story and one contributor copy.

How to submit: Do not include your name in the body of your submission (we prefer to read blind for our first review). File types accepted: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Submit via Submittable - Meadowlark Press Submission Manager


Submission period: November 1 - December 31, 2020.

If your entry is selected, we will contact you by March 1, 2021.

We expect to publish our first issue in April or May, 2021. 

Limit: you may enter up to two (2) stories per submission period. 

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