Flying Ketchup Press ® is a trademarked small press in Kansas City using traditional and hybrid publishing formats established to develop new and diverse voices in poetry and short story. Our dream is to salvage lost treasure troves of written and illustrated work-- to create worlds of wonder and delight; to share stories. Maybe yours. 


grassroots * artists based * helping creatives catch up!


At Flying Ketchup Press, we believe that providing more platforms for new and diverse work inspires more creativity, encourages creative communities, and keeps great work from getting "lost" in a drawer. The ketchup stands for that one last thing in your pantry, it may only be ketchup but you're going to do something with it. And it stands for catching up creatives with new audiences." What does "catch up" mean? To gain speed or lift off; to get the news quickly; to make up for missed opportunities. That's what we are about. Gotta fly to get out of the box. We work with our writers and illustrators every step of the way on their literary journey, helping to bring out the best quality. From draft to publication; from sketch to illustration. Flying Ketchup Press helps our authors produce high-quality publications and illustrated products. We are a member of CLMP.

Flying Ketchup Press is a family-owned and operated business in Kansas City, Missouri. We are a Publisher founded in 2018 by two tough midwestern women and single moms, Polly Alice McCann & Alice Hixson and a gaggle of family members who are all writers, and come from a long line of publishers, editors, book dealers, and storytellers. The first book from our Imprint, Light Shine Books, will be coming out next year. Light Shine books was founded in 1974. As a family from the heartland, we think everything should be done with heart and humor. When you work with us, it's like you are at our kitchen table. There we will dream big, and bring your story to life.

Polly A. McCann, 

Managing Editor


Book Notes


2019 Publications include eight books including "Tales from the Goldilocks Zone" & "Tales from the Wish Zone: Stories for Kids by Kids." Our debut author, TL Sanders, "kNew," with his poetic screenplay and chapbook. As well as our first Kansas City Poetry Collection: “Blue City Poets” and two solo collections of art and poetry -- Kevin Paul Callahan and Rebecca Grabill.

Eight Books to be released in 2020: “Tales from the Dream Zone,” “Tales from the Deep,” three picture books--”Hitch a Ride on the Color Express” by Danielle Williams. “What’s that Sound” by LeAnne Bauman Litka, and “Tomie Q Barbecue,” illustrated by Mary Hendrix, and "Poems from The Very Edge"- a multilingual collection, plus “Tales from the Deep,” our horror/ fantasy hybrid, and our Teen Collection, “Write Over It” and our kids stories for kids edition 2, “Tales from Castle Keep.”



Five Books to be released in 2021: Carole Lynn Jones is the winner of our Cozy Cat Mystery Contest and her collection of Short Mysteries about the amazing Melody Shore will be released along with “Night Forest” a collection of poetry and Dark Fairytale inspired short stories and Poetry. “Time, Space, & Robot Dogs” our 2020 winning Sci-fi story collection will also be released. Plus our Poet in Residence, a full collection by Hasna Salam, and our Hybrid Poetry Winning Collection by a single Author, Yola Gomez.

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