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Publishing Resources

The following is a list of publishing resources to help local authors and the Story Center's Storytelling Certificate Program students submit their books and/or stories to publications.

Unsolicited submissions = no agent required
Solicited submissions = agent required

Kansas City-Area Publishing Houses

39 West Press

https://39westpress.com/submit
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Requires a cover letter & manuscript.

"39 West Press is an independent book publisher committed to releasing books that encourage critical thinking and promote constructive discourse on key social, cultural, political, and economic issues affecting life in the U.S. We publish books of art, poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction, thereby promoting a diverse range of experiences and voices, including but not limited to people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA, as well as historically marginalized populations."

Andrews McMeel Publishing

https://publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/submissions/
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Proposal, Personal Bio, Work Sample, and Rationale Needed
Note from publisher: Before submitting a proposal, please familiarize yourself with the types of work we publish and consider whether your work would be a good fit for us.

Mail To:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
ATTN: Submissions (Please specify Books or Calendars)
1130 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO 64106

“Andrews McMeel Publishing is a leading publisher of poetry, inspiration, humor, and children’s books and licensed, popular calendars. We publish as many as 150 books and 200 calendars annually. We are happy to consider submissions from creators and literary agents via email or regular mail, but materials submitted by any other means will not be considered. Please keep in mind that we receive a high volume of submissions and we do not answer calls or visits regarding submissions.”

Flying Ketchup Press

https://www.flyingketchuppress.com/submissions
Solicited Manuscripts Only
Accepts submissions to annual anthology of short fiction and poetry

“At Flying Ketchup Press ® we champion new and diverse voices in short fiction and poetry. We publish books, anthologies, podcasts, magazines, and contemporary media. Our dream: to share worlds of wonder and delight.”

Midnight Meadow Publishing

https://midnightmeadowpublishing.com/
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Open in quarterly intervals
April 1-15
July 1-15
October 1-15 
January 1-15

"Midnight Meadow is an indie publisher of LGBTQIA+ fiction. We are neurodivergently owned and (at least partly) operated. We are doing things a little differently here, and we think that is a good thing. Midnight Meadow was founded on the belief that there can never be too much LGBT+ literature in the world. We firmly believe in fostering relationships with our authors like a found family. Which means we are dedicated to helping our authors succeed." 

Missouri Magazines & Journals

New Letters (Kansas City, MO)

https://www.newletters.org/submissions/
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Fee: Variable, *waived if current subscriber
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction & Book Review

“The mission of New Letters magazine is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found.”

Pleiades: Literature in Context (Warrensburg, MO)

https://pleiadesmag.com/submit/
Fee: None, except for contests
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Poetry, Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

Pleiades: Literature in Context is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world.”

Missouri Review (Columbia, MO)

https://missourireview.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/
(Online and Mail-In):
Fee: Variable
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, & Non-Fiction of General Interest (No Literary Criticism) 

Mail To:
[genre editor] or [contest category]
The Missouri Review
453 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

“We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all selected from unsolicited submissions sent by writers throughout the world.”

The Missouri Historical Review (Columbia, MO)

https://shsmo.org/publications/missouri-historical-review
Fee: No
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Genre: Historical Non-Fiction Significant to Missouri

The editors of the Missouri Historical Review welcome submission of articles and annotated documents relating to the history of Missouri. Any aspect of Missouri history will be considered for publication in the Review. Manuscripts pertaining to all fields of American history will be considered if the subject matter has significant relevance to the history of Missouri, the Middle West, or the West. Genealogical studies are not accepted because of limited appeal to general readers.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts electronically, preferably in Microsoft Word. Text and notes should be double-spaced, with notes prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Originality of subject, general interest of the article, sources used, interpretation, and style are criteria for acceptance and publication. Manuscript length, exclusive of notes, should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words. Each submission should be accompanied by a curriculum vita. The editorial staff will not evaluate manuscripts that have been published elsewhere or are under consideration at another publication. Articles that are accepted for publication become the property of The State Historical Society of Missouri and may not be published elsewhere without permission. SHSMO does not accept responsibility for statements of fact or opinion made by authors or book reviewers.

Manuscripts should be sent to John Brenner, Managing Editor, Missouri Historical Review, at brennerj@shsmo.org or The State Historical Society of Missouri, 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

“The Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of SHSMO's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features current scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.”

LIGHT (St. Louis, MO)

https://www.light4ph.org/guidelines-deadlines
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Letters, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction & Visual Art

“LIGHT –Leaders Igniting Generational Healing and Transformation—is a literary journal in public health created by the public for the public. LIGHT fosters involvement from youth, researchers, and the public itself. It relays public health information and research through creativity, such as art, letters, poetry, and stories, in a way that is more meaningful and understandable to the public.”

WomenArts Quarterly (St. Louis, MO)

https://womeninthearts.submittable.com/submit
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, & Visual Art

“WomenArts Quarterly Journal (WAQ), an initiative of Women in the Arts, aspires to nurture, provide support, and challenge women-identified artists of all cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities in their role in the arts and seeks to heighten the awareness and understanding of the achievements of women creators, by providing audiences with historical and contemporary examples of the work of women writers, composers, and artists.”

Whispering Prairie Press - Kansas City Voices

http://www.wppress.org/submissions/kansas-city-voices-submissions/
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Poetry, Prose & Visual Art

“Whispering Prairie Press promotes poetry, prose, and visual art by fostering a community of emerging and established writers and artists. Founded in 1994, we publish Kansas City Voices, a magazine that highlights regional talent and welcomes creative work from around the globe.”

Regional Magazines & Journals

Cottonwood (Lawrence, KS)

https://english.ku.edu/cottonwood
(Email and Mail-In)
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, & Creative Non-Fiction

Email: pwedge@ku.edu

Mail To:
Cottonwood
Room 400 Kansas Union
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 6604

Cottonwood is a literary magazine publishing new and well-known writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish a wide variety of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.”

The Iowa Review (Iowa City, IA)

https://iowareview.org/content/writers-guidelines
(Online and Mail-In)
Fee: $4 fee to submit online
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, & Non-Fiction

Mail To:
(Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction) Editor
The Iowa Review
308 EBP
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

The Iowa Review's mission is to provide an expertly curated, carefully edited, and beautifully designed print and online space for the voices of writers of every kind of diversity to move and enlighten us; to use the experience gained from fifty-plus years of continuous publication and our connection to the University of Iowa as a home for creative writing to validate, amplify, and encourage those voices; and to serve the reading public by presenting the best contemporary writing in short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.”

Prairie Schooner (Lincoln, NE)

https://prairieschooner.submittable.com/submit
(Online *preferred and Mail-In):
Fee: None, except for contests
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, & Book Reviews

Mail To:
(Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Book Reviews) Editor and/or (Contest)
Prairie Schooner
110 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334

“The Schooner’s intention is to publish the best and most interesting writing available, both from beginning and established writers. We publish short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction.”

The New Territory (Ozarks, Lower Midwest)

https://newterritorymag.submittable.com/submit
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Accepted
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Genres: Journalism, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, & Photography

The New Territory is a biannual, longform print magazine for people who define borders by watersheds and ecotypes at least as much as state lines. It’s for people who see individuals for who they are, who believe a sense of belonging in a place is possible no matter where they started, and who support others in their quests for belonging. It’s for people who stand up for ethnic diversity and biodiversity. It’s for people open to seeing history through multiple lenses, gender as a spectrum, and life’s challenges as some of our greatest teachers. It’s for people who gain understanding by experiencing places, thinking in metaphors, and hearing personal stories. The New Territory is for people who seek to understand the Lower Midwest.”

Touchstone Literary Magazine (Manhattan, KS)

https://www.touchstonekstate.org/guidelines
Fee: None
Unsolicited Submissions Not Accepted Outside Submission Period
Simultaneous submissions: Yes, Provided notice of acceptance elsewhere.
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, & Visual Art

“We are dedicated to supporting emerging writers & artists beyond accepting their work. Writers who are yet to publish a full book or collection and self-published, marginalized, or underrepresented voices are cordially welcome to find a home for their work here. We pride ourselves for having an editorial board that is kind, constructive, & encouraging in their communication process with submitters.”  

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