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 - Annually - Birdy Poetry Prize Submissions Accepted
  • May 1 - June 30 and November 1-December 31 -  - Annually - Creative nonfiction essays accepted for 105: Meadowlark Reader. Check the website for theme and eligibility.

View our submission guidelines here. Visit our website:

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:

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