A NEW PRESS TAKES FLIGHT
Launching a new press is a lot of time and work, but your stories are worth it. We aren't open to unsolicited queries or proposals yet for new books, we are still growing! However, we want to get to know you!
We are a new small press in our second year-- we are hosting several writing contests for poetry, art, short stories/ essays through Submittable. Submit your short stories and poetry now. We will publish 2 to 3 short story collections per year and several poetry anthologies. 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. Check out the poetry contest page.
Author short story Collections are like a party in a book. Meet other writers. Promote your work!
TALES FROM THE DEEP
Fantasy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi Closed Summer 2019
Winners announced Nov 2019
Falling by Harrison Blackman
Second Chances by Victoria Shannon
Plastic Jesus by Judith Ets-Hokin
Levi’s Song by John Waterfall
The Red Wolf Incident by Natasha Reeves
Amir Moo by Ali Azar
Neptune’s Children by Brian Burt
James McClintock Was a Rational Man by Thomas Winningham III
Aeriel by Samantha Bolf
Europa Explorer by Martin Rothaemel
Don’t Want the World to Turn Without You by Mathilde Rybka
GIANTS: STORIES & POEMS
Closes July 31 at Midnight CST
"Giants" is our future collection of fractured fairytale and folk tales for adult readers. Poetry or stories that create a new perspective of an old myth or legend: the Giant's wife, the Puss in Boots, The Wakinyan Tanka's– You decide... You'll make those forgotten truths have new bite. Make us look again at an old favorite.
One monthly winner of our contests through Submittable will receive publication online on our website with social media promotion! At the end of each contest period (roughly August & January), we will select the best work overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook. Our books feature original art and a page about each author – with a link to your author page. The final author collections by theme will be available for purchase online. Book titles will be based on winning featured author's work.
How do we decide who is published in each collection? Short Stories, Poems, & Art will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity & craftsmanship. We chose our poetry for the voice, short stories for the choice. Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue. We are proud to have at least 2 to 3 judges read each entry and we offer encouraging feedback on the majority of our entries.
SPACE TIME & ROBOT DOGS
Memoir/ Sci-fi/ Fantasy Closes May 31st, 2020
Tales from Time, Space & Robot Dogs is a search for the best Sci-Fi short stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, mysterious creatures, technological wonder, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press. Submit today!
Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, hybrid, flash fiction, other...This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.
One winner of our monthly contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period (roughly August & January), we will select the best work overall to be published in print!
Finalists will be featured in print and ebook. Our books feature original art and a page about each author – with a link to your author page. The final author collections by theme will be available for purchase online. Book titles will be based on a winning featured author's work.
How do we decide who is published in each collection? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as craftsmanship. We are looking for deep characters paired with vivid settings, hard choices, smart action, and excellent dialogue.
AUDACITY: ESSAYS, POEMS & ART ON THE WOMEN'S MARCH TO EQUAL RIGHTS
Biography, Memoir, Non-fiction, Historical Fiction, Biopic Closes June 1, 2020
Equal Rights for Women
We've updated the title of this contest to help let you know better what we are looking for. This book inspired by the artwork and poetry of artist, Gloria Heifner will be a collection of work about the journey to women's rights. Educational, entertaining, informative, historical, present day. We want your story. Did you know the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States has never been ratified into law? Women do not have equal rights under the Constitution of the United States and in many countries around the world. Millions of women have spoken out on the journey to equality. Tell us about it!
“Do we have the audacity to demand the same rights and respect for every woman and young girl in our country and in the world?” Do you have a story, essay or artwork inspired by the global woman’s rights movement? What have you written? What have you shared? What is your message to the world? We are stronger together. Let’s keep putting the word out there for the world to hear! Let’s keep marching.
Winners of our contest will receive publication in a book with the title "Audacity", along with a free copy of the book. Winning work will also be featured in both softcover and eBook editions. This book includes a page about each author -- including a link to your author or artist page on our website. This book will be available for purchase online in both softcover and eBook.
SPROUTS: MEDITATIONS BY ARTISTS, POETS AND WRITERS
Meditations/ Art/ Faith Closes May 1, 2020
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." Mark 4:26-28
A book of devotions by writers and artists of faith about spiritual growth, renewal, hope, and transformation.
This beautiful logo for our book project above is from Tamela Blessed Art, a creative who also writes about her faith journey. "I relate with flowers because they grow through adversity. A flower sprouts through darkness and grows towards the light. I often use black as a way to express that beauty can stem from darkness, and darkness can lead to something beautiful."
Many artists create their work from a place of faith but have few outlets to talk about that side of their work.
Maybe you have drawers full of mediations you've written, poetry, or art-- What if we opened that drawer, dusted off our work and reconsidered who might be encouraged by this work?
We've all learned from so many experiences; we've tried to capture those teachable moments in our art or our writing. Selected entries will become this beautiful book of meditations. Your work from a dark day could make the