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KC Voices Youth

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We are currently in the process of making final decisions on the 128 submissions we received from high school students. The poetry, prose and art is varied and interesting and we love encouraging youth to create and make meaning of their experiences and inspiration.

Now Open for Submissions – Kansas City Voices volume 17

Has 2020 given you a backlog of new work to share? Perhaps you are looking for motivation to start writing or to make art again? Kansas City Voices is open for submissions for its 17th issue now until March 31. Original, previously unpublished poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and photography and art are welcome from around the world. Send us your… Read more »

Kansas City Voices volume 16 now available in digital format – Print edition coming soon!

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At last, it’s here! The new edition of Kansas City Voices is ready to read! In a year with many delays, we are still waiting on news regarding grant funding for the costs of printing the new volume, and we’re actively seeking private donations as well. To support our volunteer-operated community press, you can order the digital edition and/or preorder… Read more »

Kansas City Voices Launches Volume 15 and 16 with an Online Reading and Writing Workshop

Join us for a virtual launch party and writing workshop!Kansas City Voices will launch Volume 16 with a free online reading on December 13, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will celebrate both volumes 15 and 16. A writing workshop with widely published poets will follow the reading.Watch the Online Reading:www.wppress.orgView our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9fI74fExBDY5eC0SRxRVlQEventbrite Ticket for the one-hour… Read more »

Kansas City Voices Volume 16 Art Editor: Laura Baker

An artist, a self-published author, and an interior architect, it’s hard to imagine Laura Baker having time to add anything else to her plate. Like many people, Laura lost her job due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Staying true to her last name, she decided to use this unexpected time to pursue a 10-year passion project that led her to… Read more »

Flash Fiction Contest

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Our flash fiction contest during the month of August offers a $100 prize and publication in Kansas City Voices Magazine, Volume 16. The story should be between 650 and 1000 words. Please submit your piece and the $10 fee on Submittable by September 7th, 2020. The contest will be judged by the Whispering Prairie Press editorial board. The contest will… Read more »

Compost in the Time of Corona

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guest blog post by Mary Silwance It is time to turn the compost. Underneath the rotting vegetables, coffee grounds and grass clippings, rich soil has been forming for years. I untwist the ends of the hardware cloth to reshape the cylinder anew next to where it used to stand. Once I have created a new cylinder, I will transfer the… Read more »

Online Reading A Success!

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Whispering Prairie Press was very pleased with our first online reading, April 26th, to help us celebrate National Poetry Month! Through the experience, we regained a sense of community and comradery that feels a little challenging to find while isolated at home. We were very moved by all the poems and the music that brought us to places of reflection,… Read more »

A Writer’s Time

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When I wake up in these uncertain times, before I check my phone and the barrage of news, I imagine myself back in the quiet cabin.  In my twenties, I spent days isolated in a cabin in Northern New Mexico without central heat or a toilet. It was winter, and if I didn’t keep the wood stove stoked through the… Read more »

Reading for Writers: Guest Post by Leah Merrill

I CAME, I READ, I CONQUERED: READING FOR WRITERS There are two kinds of people in the world: those who enjoyed literature class, and those who despised it with the kind of hatred usually reserved for evil dictators and traffic jams. Both these kinds of people become writers. And if you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that becoming a better… Read more »