short story

Rebecca Schier-Akamelu

Music Writing Contest Winner

Rebecca Schier-Akamelu
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Saturday, Jul 7, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Rebecca Schier-Akamelu has won the short story category of our writing contest on the theme of MUSIC with "From One to the Next".

Rebecca writes from Overland Park and has previously been published in A Long Story Short and The Kansas City Star. She is also a voiceover artist and a proud wife and mom.

From One to the Next

Woman in black shirt with long blond hair

Ain't It the Truth Writing Contest Winner

Kristin Pitts
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Monday, Dec 18, 2017

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Kristin Pitts has won our Ain’t It the Truth writing contest in the short story category. In Last Night, Pitts develops her two characters nicely, primarily through effective use of dialogue; without further explanation, we know who they are and how they see the world. Pitts’ response to the theme of truth is subtle, showing us that we can’t always rely on memory and, at times, we must rely on the evidence.

Get In Trouble

Get In Trouble

Kelly Link
5
Rated by
Jesseca B.
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

“Everyone who is alive has a ghost inside them, don’t they?”

a picture of Kent Moore

The Many in One Writing Contest Winner

Kent Moore
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Readers Advisory committee is very pleased to announce that Kent Moore has won the Open Category of our The Many in One writing contest with his entry "Rooted and Grounded in Love". In it, our protagonist Grace, is caught between the conflicting identities of wife and mother. The complexity of those relationships adds layers to Grace that we, as readers, get to know, but her daughter may never understand.

a picture of Charlotte Henderson

The Many in One Writing Contest Winner

Charlotte Henderson
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

The Read Local committee is very pleased to announce that Charlotte Henderson has won our The Many in One short story contest for her entry "Diversity Club." "Diversity Club" meticulously captures the complex and ever-evolving nature of identity. Musician, mother, friend, sinner--no aspect is as simple as it seems, and Henderson's story gives a powerful glimpse into the multifaceted self in only a few short pages.

An author photo of Heather McKenzie

#IHeartU Writing Contest Winner

Heather McKenzie
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Nov 6, 2015

We're so excited to share the Open Category winner of our #IHeartU contest: Heather McKenzie, for her work When Pluto was a Planet. We fell in love with its inventive and adept use of language as well as its creative imagery. Tell us what you love about When Pluto was a Planet in the comments!

The words Small Wars on a red background

Small Wars

Lee Child
4
Rated by
Hilary S.
Thursday, Oct 29, 2015

In this ebook exclusive, we go back to Georgia in 1989. An officer is shot on a deserted road, and while local police have a suspect in custody, MP Jack Reacher is assigned the case. Newly assigned to his post the same day, this case will be a test for Reacher. The murdered officer, Army Lt. Colonel Caroline Crawford, is an up-and-coming young woman, a hotshot in military circles. Reacher wonders how he'll accomplish anything with the staff he's tasked to oversee, so he calls in Frances Neagley to assist his investigation.

Celeste Seay

#IHeartU Writing Contest Winner

Celeste Seay
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Sep 18, 2015

The Local Writers committee is pleased to announce Celeste Seay has won Johnson County Library’s #IHeartU short story contest with her entry A Good Fit. Seay’s story was chosen for its response to the theme of love and the quality of description. Of her writing she says:

Meet the Author: Sean Demory

Sean Demory
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015

It’s no secret that the landscape of publishing is rapidly evolving. With thousands of new books joining the marketplace every day, millions of bloggers vying for readers, and the ease of sharing words, how do writers connect with readers? In an environment where readers are either pigeonholed into selecting from an infinitesimal best-seller list, or bombarded with choice, how can one writer rise to the surface and capture the readers who will come back looking for more of the same?