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WHAT DO WE DO? We create dynamic paperback and ebooks collections of literary quality that you can share indefinitely at your events, author talks, and with family and friends. Being a traditional trademarked press, our books are eligible for book prizes and publication annual contests, and that are eligible to be carried in book stores and libraries. We will publish one short story collection per year and one poetry collection along with other collections that promote the arts as well as our poet in residence program. Find out more about us...

ARE WE OPEN TO UNSOLICTED SUBMISSIONS? We are a new trademarked press in our third year-- We are not open to unsolicited queries, submissions, or proposals for manuscripts this year, we are still growing! However, we want to promote new and diverse voices to a wider audience to make work is sharable outside of one-time print runs in journals. We don't do the quick print style press (Vanity Press), but we know some people need that option so we have a list of resources on our site. We are working on a job board for editors and writers as well as a new Ketchopedia page with terminology for the publishing business. Until then here is what you can do...


WHAT SUBMISSIONS TO WE ACCEPT AND WHERE?  We are hosting several writing contests for poetry, art, short stories, and creative nonfiction each year through Submittable. Submit often and share our contests. We pride ourselves in having each submission read by 2 to 3 judges as well as positive and encouraging individual feedback on as many of our entries as possible. Click on each contest link for more details. We only accept submissions through Submittable.

See the results of past projects on our Book page. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAR BACK? It can take 3 to 6 months to hear back from us. We try to respond as quickly as possible after a contest ends. Sometimes a contest deadline is extended. "To a writer, a month is like a hundred days and to a publisher a month feels like an hour." ~ anonymous


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUBLISH A BOOK FROM CONCEPT TO PRINT OR EBOOK? It can take 12 plus months  to finish a book project from contest opening to publication launch party day. Check out our blog or news and events. 

We accept simultaneous submissions, and we are willing to reprint a story or poem that an author retains copyright to. 


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The Path of Birds

Art & Poetry Contest Deadline is October 31st, 2020

The Path of Birds: Share your avian art and poetry, the sweetness of flight, that sense of soulfulness, the broken shells on the ground after a storm. Whether it's metaphorical, the flight of a soul, or the migration of a journey; whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. The most lifting poems will be published in an upcoming chapbook with beautiful artwork and poetry by Flying Ketchup Press in 2021.

How do we decide which poems we select for this publication? Poems will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously.

FAST FORWARD: What Would Your Favorite Historical Poet Think About Life in the 21st Century?

Emily Dickinson is addicted to Facebook, Byron feels guilty for ordering from Amazon Prime, Homer can't help taking on Uber jobs so he can tell long war stories to an audience who can't escape. Shakespeare teaches community college and runs his own nightly Political Satire Youtube under the radar. What would your favorite historical poet be doing today in the 21st century? Whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our present-day future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present. 


Bold Face: Poetry (and Art) about Strength

Whether you take on a strong voice or just share a story about someone fearless, someone who had the nerve to stand up for what was right, make a difference, change the world, send us a poem about it. Paint us a portrait in words. Past, present, or future. Take us on a journey of strength. Finalists will be published in an upcoming collection with Flying Ketchup Press and video entries will be posted on our Youtube channel.

C-Note: A short story contest celebrating 100 years of modern short stories in the public domain.

The originators of today's modern story form created the literary genre we love today, but often they are out of copyright. Some forgotten gems lie ready to be dusted off and put back on the shelf. Let's celebrate short stories in the public domain by updating, editing, or altering one of your favorite modern tales. 

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O'Connor, Hemmingway, Hawthorn, Gilman, Poe, Irving, Sayers, Fitzgerald, Wilde, Wells, Maupassant, Henry, Doyle, Woolf, Lovecraft, Forster, London, Akutawawa, Lang, Howard, Wallace, Kipling, and more

Double Spaced: The Writing Life, How it's done

Share about the writing life. You've had the nerve to be a writer. You have a writing life, a writing process, a writing vision, publications or possible publications, degrees or possible degrees, you've taught classes, taken classes, and you want to share about it. You want to share about the writing life, how you've done it, why we keep writing. Finalists will be published on the Flying Ketchup Press Blog. Creativity: let it happen. Let's think about what our writing process is and how we first discovered we were writers. Fast forward. Share with us your journey.

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