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: Food Connections
This spring, the Carlson Center at Johnson County Community College is presenting Seeds, a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotech industry.

Enter to win two free tickets to a show (March 11th at 7:30pm or March 12th at 10 am) by sharing a response to the prompt,“How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” Submit at Read responses at 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26, 2020.

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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