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Woodneath Press to Publish Kansas City Poetry Anthology

Kansas City Poetry Anthology Published by Woodneath Press

June 2, 2020

Woodneath Press is excited to announce the publication of an upcoming Kansas City poetry anthology.  The anthology is scheduled to be released April 2021 in conjunction with State of Stories Bicentennial programming offered in partnership with The Story Center and University of Missouri Extension.  The anthology will consist of Kansas City-metro area poets from both sides of the state line in order to fully represent poetry throughout Kansas City.  Submitted poems must be previously unpublished.  Submissions will be open July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 via Submittable.  The Submittable link is scheduled to go live July 1, 2020. All poets aged 14 and above at the time of submission are encouraged to submit their work regardless of past publishing experience. 

In preparation for submissions, Woodneath Press has contracted with the following Kansas City-based poets to serve as managing/acquisitions co-editors:
José Faus
Marianne Kunkel, Ph.D. M.F.A.
Glenn North

The co-editors’ primary responsibilities will be to select poems to include in the anthology as well as identify a theme from the selected submissions.  Woodneath Press and the co-editors will then collaborate to select cover art from a local artist that represents the identified theme.  The end product will be an anthology of Kansas City poetry with cover art created by a Kansas City artist.  Just one more way Woodneath Press is embracing its tagline of local author, local content.

For more information about the upcoming Kansas City Poetry Anthology or Woodneath Press’s library-as-publisher model, please contact:

Dave Burns, Story Center Publication Manager


"Submitted poems must be previously unpublished." Does this "unpublished" mean a paper source and/or internet source such as a blog?

From Dolores J. Rush (not verified)
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 04:10pm

Thank you for your interest in the poetry anthology. Since we're hoping to collect new work for this project, previously unpublished means it isn't available digitally, online, or in print.

From Dave Burns (not verified)
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 03:46pm

Are we allowed to submit more than one poem for consideration?

From Amanda Peirce (not verified)
Tue, 08/11/2020 - 08:47pm

Thank you for your interest in the poetry anthology. Yes, you're allowed to submit up to 5 total pages of poetry. This can be 5 individual 1-page poems, a few longer poems, or a mix of both.
I hope this is helpful, but please let me know if you have any questions.
Dave Burns, Story Center Publication Manager

From Dave Burns (not verified)
Fri, 08/28/2020 - 08:45am

I am having trouble figuring out how to submit my poems via submittable. Can you help? I created my account already

From susan rosemann (not verified)
Thu, 08/27/2020 - 08:15pm

Is there a date that we will know if our poems were accepted or not? What is that notification method? I assume email but not sure.

From cbab52
Fri, 10/09/2020 - 10:12am

I hope you're doing well.
Thank you for submitting to the KC poetry anthology. The anthology is due to be released April 2021. We received over 300 submissions, which are currently being evaluated. Authors will be notified in January at the latest via Submittable/email as to the status of their submission.
Thank you again for submitting, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks, and take care –

From Dave Burns (not verified)
Mon, 10/12/2020 - 10:47am

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