For Writers

2020 Writers Conference:
Save the Date! The 2020 Writers Conference will be Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15 (Sunday is just for kids) at Lenexa City Center.

Writing Contests:
Every month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and an invitation to read at a Library event. One winner will be selected from submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays. See previous winners, or read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

Next up on the JocoWrites Blog: Poetry can offer a fresh perspective on life and the world—from small details to deep concepts. Haiku, specifically through its limitations(a 3-line poem consisting of first 5 syllables, then 7 syllables, and ending again with 5 syllables), can both simplify complex things in revealing ways and/or show the value of simpler, everyday things. During the month of April, join us in celebrating National Poetry Month and thinking about these strange days through the lens of haiku. You can post once or multiple times, include several haiku in your post or just one.

How does the world look
Through your homebound eyes that see
Beyond boundaries?

Submit »​

Teen Literary Journal:

elementia issue xvi is available now at any Johnson County Library location and online! Don't miss this courageous issue featuring poetry, short stories and art around the theme of Breaking Free!

Looking for critique before submitting to a journal or contest? Try Brainfuse. It’s free with your Johnson County Library card and offers a quick turnaround time.

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