Meadowlark Press has been publishing fiction, memoir, and poetry since 2014. We are the home of The Birdy Poetry Prize, an annual poetry manuscript contest featuring a cash prize and publication of the winning entry.  We are also home to the creative nonfiction journal of Kansas, 105: Meadowlark Reader, with Quincy Press. 

  • September 1-December 1, 2021 - Birdy Poetry Prize Submissions Accepted
  • November 1-December 31, 2021 - Accepting creative nonfiction essays for 105: Meadowlark Reader
  • The next open reading period for Fiction is January 15-February 28, 2022.

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What we’re looking for, in general: Your true stories about Kansas told in an engaging way. Pull us in, make us feel something. Make us laugh or make us cry. Be creative. Use dialog. Careful word choice and fresh imagery is valued. Write your stories in any of the persons (first, second, third). 

Eligible writers: We are looking for true stories about Kansas written by Kansans, therefore you must be a Kansas resident or have lived in Kansas at some point in your life. 

Manuscript Preparation: Please use standard formatting for your entry: 12 point Times New Roman is preferred with lines double-spaced.

Please make sure you've read our guidelines here:

What are we looking for? Meadowlark is interested in publishing full-length book collections of poetry. Eighty pages is a good number to target. Fewer is fine if your poems are long. More is fine if your poems are brief. We are delighted by illustrations, but certainly don’t require them. We will also consider collections that include poetry and prose.

Please read this page before submitting a manuscript to Meadowlark Books.

Prepare your submission, as follows, in a single Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text File (.rtf):

Page 1

Author Name (as it will appear on your book, should we publish it)

Author contact, including mailing address, email address, phone number.

Author website (if applicable)

Author bio (book worthy – no more than 300 words)

List of books published, including dates and publisher (if any) or significant publications in journals, magazines, online, etc.

Page 2

In no more than one page, tell us why you think your manuscript is a good fit for Meadowlark.

Page 3

Begin your manuscript here, starting with the title page. Include a complete list of contents in order (no page numbers). Include any section or division headings. Manuscript should also include author bio, personal acknowledgments, and publishing acknowledgments.

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