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Flying Ketchup Press is an artist-run, woman-owned-and-operated publisher in Kansas City, Missouri. We were founded in 2018 by two tough Midwestern single moms, Alice Hixson and Polly McCann–writers who come from a long line of publishers, editors, book distributors, and storytellers. We believe that new and diverse work inspires more creativity, encourages artistic communities, and keeps great work from getting "lost" in a drawer. Ketchup stands for helping writers catching up—bringing writers’ and artists’ work into the world here and now, into the places where it can be seen and heard and celebrated. We bottle creativity and make it sharable. 


We are based in the heartland—we do everything with heart and humor, with commitment and respect for what it takes to bring exceptional books to readers Sit down with us at our kitchen table where we dream big and bring amazing stories to life. We are a member of CLMP Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and AFT Academics, university workers for change.


At Flying Ketchup Press ® we champion new and diverse voices in short fiction and poetry. We publish books, anthologies, podcasts, magazines, and contemporary media. Our dream, to share worlds of wonder and delight.



Our publishing house has five imprints, collectively delivering excellent and evocative writing and media in several genres:


Coyote Point Press is the literary fiction imprint of Flying Ketchup Press, publishing short story collections of the highest caliber. We believe in fiction that pushes the boundaries of genres and spans emotional landscapes, taking readers behind the masks and under the skin of our evocative, complicated and frail humanity.  Our stories unearth bouts of passion, fury, and tenderness, and most importantly, awaken our readers to every moment that makes us feel fully human and alive.  Fiction writers are welcome to submit through Submittable.com through contests or regular submissions.

flying ketchup kids directed by Managing Editor, Nina Bricko. Our mission is to produce childrens' books with a brilliant new spin on learning and reading, a fantastical twist on story, and characters who light up our imaginations. From concept books to folk traditions, we want to connect diverse voices to young audiences in all media including audio, print, digital, and braille books.


Light Shine Books is Flying Ketchup Press’s inspirational imprint, inviting readers into creative, courageous moments of daily meditation and faith. Our books bring light to dark places and calm in the midst of the storm. Begun in 1974 by George and Stan Hixson, a father and son team who drove across the Midwest distributing helpful books on faith-inspired living, Light Shine exists to share diverse contemporary expressions of spirituality through thoughtful, engaging books and media. Submissions through Submittable.com throughout the year.

Salt & Fig Books folksy, narrative, free verse that is down to earth and strangely satisfying. Salt & Fig is the poetry imprint of Flying Ketchup Press ® to develop new and diverse voices in poetry through seasonal anthologies and one solo collection a year connected partnered with a Kansas City artist advocate. We want to bring new voices in poetry into the world, focusing on international and regional poets—writers whose work speaks to the movements of the contemporary heart. Our first book with poet T.L. Sanders has become an award-winning film. Poets are welcome to submit work all year long through Submittable.com.


Ketchupedia is an outreach of Flying Ketchup Press ® a grassroots network to connect the Kansas City & regional writers community through weekly blogs, a writer's word of the day podcast, a live poetry radio show, poet-in-residences, open mics, classes, and events. These tools allow regional artists to explore motivation, creative goals, and advocacy. Our editorial mentorships create an exponential poet-tree effect. Making room for poetry, as a space for personal narrative that empowers, heals, and unites diverse audiences.