Flying Ketchup Press

Type Of Organization
(816) 507-4193
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Flying Ketchup Press ® is a trademarked small press in Kansas City, Missouri established 2018 to develop new and diverse voices in poetry and short story. 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. * grassroots * artist-run * helping creatives catch up!

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@flyingketchuppress, @flying_ketchup_press, @pressflying is twitter
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Polly Alice McCann
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Managing Editor
Submissions Policy
Submittable: A Kansas City Publisher founded in 2018 for the epic acceleration of new voices in poetry and short story by two tough midwestern women who come from a long line of publishers, editors, book dealers, and storytellers. The ketchup stands for that one last dream in your cupboard, and for catching up creatives with new audiences. 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 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. We celebrate new and classic forms of short story more traditional lengths with an emphasis on character, setting, and dialogue. Each year, we will publish one to two short story anthologies. You could be a part of the adventure! Poetry: We can't get enough poetry around here. Our favorite style of poetry is narrative poetry but we enjoy all kinds, new forms, old forms, and especially those that distill a great voice, use several poetic tools to move beyond prose, and take us to new places or unique perspectives on the every day. Narrative, formed, hybrid- we can't wait to see your new work. Art: We enjoy art with great line quality, good contrast, and nice composition. We love art that mixes several ideas and images together. Our motto is post-modern. Give us a good mix of retro and new. We love the texture and print our books in black and white. Ebooks in color. One winner of our monthly story and poetry contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period, (Roughly August & January) we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print in our annual collection and the top 30 poets to be published in our poetry collection! Finalists will be featured in print and ebook. Our books are not journals. Each one is laid out with care by artists and designers. They take time and have a thorough editing process. Our focus is to share artists and authors to as wide of an audience as possible or a long period of time. They are available by print on demand, even in bookstores rather than just available for one season. They feature original art and a page about each author – with a link to your author page. The final author collections by theme will be available for purchase online. Book titles will be based on winning featured author's work. 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 & craftsmanship. We chose our poetry for the voice, short stories for the choice. Short Stories will be evaluated on deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue. Our short story collections and poetry collections are for adults but rather than looking for the next shock effect, our press emphasizes stories that are entertaining. Our idea is a story you think about for a long time and stay with you. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind. So we call it 14+ How many times can I submit? You may submit as many times as you like. We pride ourselves on a thorough reading of each entry by two to three judges as well as positive and helpful feedback to our writers who submit. Rights: We have the right to print accepted work in a single publication with permission from the author. Afterward, the rights return to the author. We will accept work published in journals elsewhere if that is clearly stated in submission, and you have the right to the work. We do not keep the copyright on your material and especially of artists. They retain their own rights permanently. Our press is artist-run, pro-artist: all books, covers, titles, and themes are inspired first by artists' work and to promote the arts.
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