For Writers

Writing Contests

Enter to win $200 and share your work at a Library event!

Share Your Work

Follow our monthly prompts to share your work with our local writing community.

Upcoming Events

Meet authors, get writing advice, and connect with fellow writers.

Lists from the Local Writers Committee

See resources for publishing, boosting creativity, writing prompts, and more!

Johnson County Library loves local writers!

We are committed to supporting writers at each stage of their career, and as such offer a variety of programs, resources, and opportunities to help each writer develop their craft and grow their portfolio.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event, and we welcome your feedback so we can continue to offer programs and resources that make a difference to you.

Follow #jocowrites on Instagram and make sure to tag us or use #jocowrites if you're at a JoCoLibrary event for writers!

What's New

Scheduled: Mon, 11/20/23 - 12:40 pm

Submissions Are Open for the 2024 Art and Poetry Walk!

Christina Rossetti said it best: There is no time like Spring/When life’s alive in everything

Winter hasn’t arrived yet but we’re already thinking about Spring. The chill breeze, the flower buds, the promise of sunshine—there are so many things to love. That’s why we’re creating an Art and Poetry Walk in April 2024!

Johnson County Library is accepting written and visual art submissions. Selected submissions will be printed on 17 x 23 inch signs and placed along the walking trail in Strang Park behind the Central Resource Library in April 2024.

Read more to find out how to submit your work!


Writers Conference

Writers Conference
We had a blast at this year's conference and the Redux was a big hit! If you missed us, you can watch recordings of some sessions on Library OnDemand. See you next November!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar

Open Mic with Johnson County Library @ AWP Conference
Thursday, February 8, 2024
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
YMCA, 222 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO

Craft of Writing Book Discussion with Amber Logan and Amy Leigh Harden
Thursday, Feb. 22, 12–1 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Open Mic
Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Bear Necessities (9609 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212)

Meet the Authors: Dr. Frederick Gooding Jr. with Dr. Sylviane Greensword and Mr. Marcellis Perkins
Thursday, March 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Online event

How to Rightly Write About Race When Afraid to Say the Wrong Thing
Saturday, March 9, 9–11 a.m.
Online event

Share Your Writing

The JoCoWrites blog is a place to share your thoughts and your writing. We provide monthly writing prompts, you provide the words! From the blog you can share your writing on social media and with friends and family.

Our current writing prompt:

"If your ancestors could see you now, what would they think?"

Submit your piece and read what others are saying »

Writing Contests


Our Writing Contests award each winner with a $200 honorarium and the chance to read their work at an upcoming event. (Psst, we also have contests for kids.)

Submit your poetry or prose for our current prompt through April 30: What Remains Unspoken
Take a moment to reflect on the unspoken statements and ideas in your life and their effect on yourself and others. Explore the power of invisible constructs and the impact to us all. Bring the stories you’ve kept secret to life, unleash your creativity and speak what you’ve left unspoken.

Submit your poetry or prose for our current prompt through December 31: Mind Changes
Big or small, tell us something you've changed your mind about and why it matters.

Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works »

Read previous adult Writing Contest winners »