Author short story Collections are like a party in a book. Meet other writers. Promote your work!

WHAT DO WE PUBLISH? We create dynamic, literary, and artistic paperback and digital ebook anthologies, one poetry and one short fiction. We emphasize fun, beauty, art, and artists in our books. We create two anthologies a year in paperback and ebook. We are known for our design as well as high-quality craftsmanship. Our books are rated 14+ for adults and teen friendly. They are entertaining, wonderful, and either make you think, or make you feel good. 


Why? We want to share your work. We want to connect with new and diverse voices, share about your writing and creative life. Being a traditional trademarked press, our books are eligible for book prizes and publication annual contests, and they are eligible to be carried in book stores and libraries. We are a start-up with a tiny staff of volunteers and editors as we grow. We will publish one short story collection per year and one poetry collection along with other collections that promote great short fiction, or poetry, especially our new poet in residence program. Find out more about us.

ARE WE OPEN TO UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS, DO WE PRINT BOOKS FOR YOU? No. We are a new trademarked press in our third year-- Sorry we are not open to unsolicited queries, submissions, or proposals for manuscripts this year, because 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 print books for clients but we know people who do so we will keep updating our site with resources. We are working on a job board for editors and writers as well as a new Ketchupedia 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 after a contest series closes. It can take 12 plus months to finish a book project from contest opening to illustration, layout, copy editing, design to publication launch party day. Follow 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. 


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Fast Forward: Poems and Art about your Fave Historical Poet

Fast Forward: Did you ever wonder what a historical poet might be doing today? Or have you felt a connection to a poet of a past, written in their style, or lyrically celebrated them in some way? Then this contest is for you. Whether you time travel your historical poet the present, or enter their world in the past; whether you try out their style or comment on their life; whether you take on their voice or just tell-all tabloid-style; whether you address the addictive technology of our poetic future or an important modern-day movement, try out this time travel call for poetry and art that speak to both past and present.


We hope you enjoy this history lovers prompt for the ultimate poetry nerd. We will also invite you to share by text or video. We will share on our Youtube channel, and post it on our website of you reading or performing your poem. Find an old favorite, or discover a poet you never knew before.

What can you win? One poem a month will be published in our blog with Flying Ketchup Press in 2021 as the poet spotlight of the month as well as being included on one of our first digital magazines. You'll get social media and blog all about you with the online publication of your poem (with permission). Y


ou will also win a free membership to our site with resources, discussion groups, and a place to advertise your poetry, editing, speaking or other work. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication and our 2020 anthology, as well as our 2021 Vision award for inspiring the title of next year's collection.

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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.

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