Category Archives: fiction

Talk to Me: Writing Dialogue that Sings

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Dull dialogue can send your reader to sleep, but bad dialogue can send them running for the hills. Good dialogue establishes character and place, advances the plot, employs subtext, and is crisp and interesting enough to keep even the ficklest reader flipping pages far into the night. Sound like too tall an order? Read on for tips on turning your… Read more »

Your Editor is Not the Enemy: Tips on Surviving Rewrites

Congratulations! You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting a thing of beauty and resonance out of your own imagination, and now a publisher has finally agreed to print it. The hard part is out of the way. Now comes the even harder part—editing. A Specialized Team. A small horde of people is going to descend on your manuscript like a beauty… Read more »

Writing Under the Rainbow: The Expanding Horizons of LGBTQIA+ Fiction

The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »

Volume 14 Preorders Now Available

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ORDER YOURS TODAY http://www.wppress.org/purchase/ Now is your chance to preorder Kansas City Voices, Volume 14. Published by Whispering Prairie Press, Kansas City Voices is the only journal of its kind produced in the Kansas City area. We support emerging writers and artists, many published for the first time. A limited supply of this issue will be printed, so order by August 15 to ensure you… Read more »

“Put Your Write Foot In” – Leah Merrill

How to get published for the first time If you’ve never been published, the whole “non-artsy” side of the writing business can seem as daunting as a genre you’ve never written. Agents, queries, advances, proposals—frankly, I wouldn’t know where to start, either. There are enough books out there to help you land a million-dollar book deal that I won’t add… Read more »

Open for submissions!

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Kansas City Voices is open for submissions Help us get the word out! It’s as easy as clicking any of our four Click to Tweet Codes below! “Got art? CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: @KC_Voices Magazine. Open to all. Deadline: March 15. Details here: https://ctt.ec/fG5s2+ #artists #art” ~ Click here to tweet. “It was a bright and cold day in April… Got prose? CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS @KC_Voices… Read more »

Congratulations to our Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone for participating in Whispering Prairie Press’s annual contest! Our judges had a lot of fun reviewing your terrific submissions, and we are excited to share the results.   Art 1st place Leisure by Rita Guile of Mission, KS 2nd place Untitled Black & White photograph by Meaghan Golden of Glen Falls, NY 3rd place Golden Slippers by… Read more »

Road Trip! (July 11th)

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No, this isn’t a college-aged rite of passage. It’s a reading at Pioneer Bluffs! Join the Kansas City Voices team at this scenic event space for a day of poetry and rolling Kansas Flint Hills. Matfield Green is truly a one-of-its-kind place in Kansas, and a perfect distance away for a Saturday day trip. Roy J. Beckemeyer and Kimberly Beer… Read more »

Submissions Now Open!

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Send us your ART, PROSE, and POETRY to be considered for Volume 13! Here are some important reminders to help you when submitting: -DO NOT send us documents with identifying information! Name, phone number, location…all of that should be OFF the document! -DO have your word count (for prose) or your line count (for poetry) written on the top of… Read more »

Volume 12 Launch Party

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Sunday, October 26th 2014, 4-5:30pm Come celebrate the 12th volume of Kansas City Voices with our contributors, staff, friends, and supporters. Join us at the Kansas City library, Plaza branch (downstairs and follow the hall the way down to the room at the very east end of the building, you can take the elevator or stairs). Anita Ofokansi, Jeff Tigchelaar,… Read more »