For Writers

2020 Writers Conference:
Save the Date! The 2020 Writers Conference will be held entirely online this year from Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15 (Sunday is just for kids). Check back soon to find out who we have lined up to discuss all things writing.

Visual Art Contest:
In anticipation of the 2020 Writers Conference, we’re inviting visual artists of all kinds to submit artwork created in response to one or more prompts. Winners will receive a $250 honorarium and their pieces, along with six pieces of writing from our monthly contests, will appear in our Vol. 3 Literary Notebook which will be given to 2020 Writers Conference participants. Deadline for submissions is July 31st. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

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 »

Summer Reading Writing Contest:
Calling all youth writers: submit your original fairy tale, folktale or myth to our fantasy-themed writing contest. Winning Writers will receive a prize and the opportunity to read their work aloud at an online celebration reception (costumes welcome but not required.) Submissions will be accepted June 1 - July 10. Only one submission per writer. Open to writers entering 3rd through 8th grade in the Fall of 2020. Winners will be selected and notified in late July, and offered the opportunity to share their writing at our Virtual End-of-Summer Celebration on Aug. 8. Submit entries online »

Next up on the JocoWrites Blog:
In July, we'd love to read your experiences with words and their meanings, consider your response to this month's prompt: Words Matter - Words hold weight, and the words we choose to say (or not to say) matter. Tell a story about a particular word or phrase and why it matters. Submit your piece »​

Teen Literary Journal: elementia issue xvii is available now to enjoy online. Don't miss this courageous issue featuring poetry, short stories and art around the theme of Connection!

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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