Volume 13 Launch Party!

Celebrate with us on October 11th the release of Volume 13!

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 – 4-5:30 pm-Kansas City Voices Volume 13 official launch.  The Plaza Branch of the KC MO public library, downstairs in the conference area.

We have some wonderful readers lined up: Glenn North, Tammy Littlejohn, Dawn Downey, John Peterson, Annie Newcomer, Jen Leeper, Gladys Haughton, and Alan Proctor.

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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.



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 Norma Herring of Leawood, KS


1st place Of Light and Time by Justin Hunt of Charlotte, NC

2nd place HOPE by Cathy Callen of Lawrence, KS

3rd place My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi by Francine Witte of New York, NY

Honorable Mention Unalterable Grief by Mary Ann Buller of Coldwater, KS

Honorable Mention Renaissance by Roy Beckemeyer of Wichita, KS

Honorable Mention Zorra’s Lost Earthscape by Lynn Houston of Newburgh, NY

Honorable Mention Deaf Sentence by Ian Watson of Bremen, Germany


1st place Taking Our Time by Jonathan Segol of Saratoga Springs, New York

2nd place Passion Redefined by Dee Dee Chumley of  Edmond, Oklahoma

3rd place What was his name? by Justin Hunt of Charlotte, NC

Honorable Mention Mama’s Meds by Dee Dee Chumley of  Edmond, Oklahoma


1st place Rachael by Mason Boyles of Carolina Beach, North Carolina

2nd place Twins by Edwin Frownfelter of Lee’s Summit, Missouri

3rd place Shocked by Laura Ruth Loomis of Pittsburg, California

Honorable Mention I can only say this once by Gail Ansel  of Palo Alto, California


Congratulations to all of our finalists, and thank you to everyone who participated.  We sincerely appreciate your hard work and creativity!

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Road Trip! (July 11th)

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 will read selections of their works from Kansas City Voices magazine. Following the program, the readers and Whispering Prairie Press board members will discuss writing and answer questions on how to have your literary voice published.

So find us out here on July 11th at 1:30 pm and enjoy some quality readers! Make a reservation and arrive at noon for a picnic lunch.

Find more information here.



(What an attractive group of writers!)

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Help Local Publications

Kansas City has a lot of amazing publications for and by artists and writers. A small group has decided to raise money to host the first ever Kansas City Zine Convention in the beautiful Uptown Theater. If they raise the money, regional writers and artists will participate in the event, expanding our community of small publications to beyond Kansas City.

Help the KC Zine Con and help us support their creative and communal visions!
KC Zine Convention

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Thanks for submitting!

We had a successful submission period this year! We received 845 poems, 232 prose, & 135 art. That’s a lot to sift through, but you will hear back from us shortly. Thanks to everyone who sent in their work!

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Two Weeks Left

There are only two weeks left to submit your PROSE, POETRY and ART to Kansas City Voices! If you live in KC, consider sending us a Highlight Kansas City piece that shows us what you love about KC!

Check out what some of our past contributors have to say about us:

“I continue to be so impressed and welcomed and rewarded by the literary community of writers, artists, and poets who my brother introduced me to so many years ago, and it is always uplifting to be surrounded by like minded people with so much talent. The opportunities to share and learn and grow as a writer are free for the taking in Kansas City. It is an honor to be associated with all of you.”

“You guys rule! Thanks for making Kansas City a better place for arts and writing.”

Wow! What wonderful testimonies from our lovely community. We love seeing everyone at our events, our readings, and of course…in the magazine!! Don’t wait another year to submit your work. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

“The difference between being published and not is postage”

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Join us Friday February 20 at 7 pm at the Uptown Arts Bar

Once a year our talented editors band together to put on a reading. Come out to see what the Kansas City Voices editorial staff has been working on.

Featuring: Annie RaabDana Guthrie Martin,
Dane ZellerDawn DowneyJanet SunderlandJen Wewers McKnight,Jennifer StahlJessica ConoleyStephany Hughes & Teresa Pressgrove Vratil. And we’re even going to have a chance to showcase our talented art editors as well. Ellie Kort and Dean Kube‘s work will be on display while we read.

Please join Whispering Prairie Press and Kansas City Voices for a fun night of friends, arts, and literature.

We can’t thank Jeanette Powers & the Uptown Arts Bar (3611 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO) enough for hosting us!

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Our friend Jeanette Powers has a new book!

Earthworms & Stars by Jeanette Powers
Poetry Book Release Party
Wed, Jan 21
8-9 pm
$10 gets event plus book
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway KCMO 64111
So many exciting things are happening in KC’s poetry scene, and Jeanette Powers is one of the main instigators. As producer of Poetic Underground, she oversees weekly open mics, and the nationally certified poetry slam, PoUnd SLAM, as well as inviting and hosting nationally acclaimed poets to showcase here in Kansas City. Poetic Underground will also feature at this year’s Folk Alliance Conference.
Jeanette and local book guru, Jason Ryberg, have teamed up to create an ambitious publishing project, Pop Poetry. Thanks to the gracious board at Spartan Press, these two local poets are putting out 12 poetry books in the next 12 months, all of which are Kansas City based verse and spoken word artists.
The first in the series is Earthworms & Stars, by Jeanette herself. This collection features a delightful range of serious and absurd poems and includes some of Jeanette’s newest work, which is designed for competitive poetry events. Last November she won a spot on the first ever KC poetry slam team that will get to compete at National Poetry Slam in August of 2015.
At this event, other PoUnd (POetic UNDerground) poets will be reading selections from Jeanette’s new book, as well as a performance by the Sparkle Pony herself. Entry is $10 and includes a copy of Earthworms & Stars.
Email or call Jeanette Powers for more information about Poetic Underground, PoUnd Slam, or the POP POETRY Series.  poeticundergroundkc@gmail.com 816-808-1252
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Submissions Now Open!

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 your document
-DO send us images of your art that are 300dpi (so we can print it if we want, and you want that!)
-DO NOT be afraid to send your best work
-DO NOT fear rejection! It happens to all of us
-DO tell your friends about submitting

Thank you! We’re looking forward to an exciting and busy submission period!

-The Editors

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Share your Experiences in “My Voice”

We’ve had a lot of people approach us with positive feedback and encouragement this year. It’s so important to have a dialogue between the community and we’re always excited when the conversations we started (by publishing awesome work and getting people together) comes back around to us!

Whispering Prairie Press is largely funded by grants and donations, with volunteers spending a lot of time to keep it running smoothly. This whole operation is very small, but with big dreams and ambitious goals. It’s very important we be able to accurately describe the impact our publication and non-profit organization has on the community.

If you have had a positive experience–how Kansas City Voices has impacted you or your community–please share it with us! We’re starting to compile your testimonies for the purpose of grant writing and sharing. It would mean a lot to our small staff to receive your unique experience and opinion. Again, this is a volunteer run and operated organization. We specialize in doing a lot with a little, a you can help us do more. 

Please share your experience with us: email whisperingprairiepress@gmail.com with the subject “My Voice” and tell us how we’ve impacted you. You can choose your story to be anonymous or not, and we will honor that decision.

Thank you, all you wonderful supporters! 


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