December 2019 Submissions Calendar Update
We will begin accepting donation for the next volume of Kansas City Voices, Volume 16, in December 2019, with the submission period running from December 15, 2019, to March 15, 2020.

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In 2019 we developed a second edition of KC Voices Youth magazine, which published the work of local Kansas City area high school students. We are currently working on partnering with local schools and arts organizations on future editions of this project.

As of December 2019, production of Kansas City Voices Volume 15 is underway. We hope to go to print by the end of the year.

We are actively seeking volunteers for the year’s efforts on KC Voices Youth and set the groundwork for volume 16 of Kansas City Voices. If you are interested in volunteering with Kansas City’s home-grown all-volunteer nonprofit literary and arts publisher, please write us at

Submissions Information
Thank you for your interest submitting to Kansas City Voices. We are a small, volunteer operated organization based in Kansas City and we have a passion for creativity. If you would like to submit, please read our guidelines and send us your poetry, prose or art.

There is no “type” of work we are looking for, and while we would love for you to read through our previous issues, it is not an indicator of what kind of work we actively seek. Our editors rotate, our tastes evolve, and good work is just good work. We want to feel something when we encounter a piece. We want to be excited, surprised, thoughtful, and interested. We want to have a reaction. We want to share the best voices we find. Send us that one.

If your work is accepted in Kansas City Voices, you will be asked to attend and participate in our annual Preview Party. This is an event we do every year to celebrate and connect our contributors with other artists, writers, donors and friends. We want to provide as much support as we can to artists and writers, and putting a name and piece to a real person is part of this process. This private event takes place in September in Kansas City (MO) and is well attended (and a lot of fun).

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM DECEMBER 15 – MARCH 15, only. To make sure you have the most up to date info on our submissions process sign up to receive our newsletter by clicking HERE.


  • We only accept submissions via our Submittable page. We no longer accept hard copy submission, and we don’t have the means to return any if received.
  • All submissions are blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be rejected. Make sure your name, email address, and any other contact information does not appear in the attachment you upload via submittable or in the name of the file. (i.e. john smith submission.docx, smith art.jpg, etc.) We evaluate pieces based upon your creative voice and the strength of your work, only.
  • Send us work that stands on its own. Book excerpts and individual chapters are difficult to present as self-contained pieces. However, if you are published in Kansas City Voices, we will happily add you and your book to our Community page to help promote it.
  • Write your word count or line count at the top of your document. Please see our regulations below.


  • We accept poetry, prose, and art of all media.
  • Submissions do not need to be about Kansas City or the Midwest.
  • You do not have to live in Kansas City to be published by us. We publish voices from around the world.
  • All work must be unpublished in other formats at time of submission, including blogs, e-zines, Facebook, etc.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submission to multiple categories is allowed. The maximum number of contributions we will accept from one person is 3 poems, 2 prose pieces, and 3 art pieces.

Violation of the general submission guidelines or of the specific guidelines (set out on the
Submittable form for each individual category) is an automatic disqualification.


  • 35 line limit, not counting spaces or title.
  • Include line count in the upper right hand corner.
  • 12 point font, single spaced.


  • 2,500 word limit.
  • Include word count in the upper right hand corner.
  • 12 point font, double spaced.


  • CMYK
  • 300 dpi or higher.


There is no cost to submit.  If your work is accepted for publication you will receive a small payment and one copy of the magazine*.  All payments are made in U.S. Dollars.


Whispering Prairie Press’s contract specifies first publication rights, only, for any pieces published in Kansas City Voices.  Any reprints of work first published in Kansas City Voices must acknowledge the initial publication by listing Kansas City Voices and the volume number in with the piece appeared.


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*Due to international shipping costs, we will gladly ship to a friend or family member in the US on your behalf, or we can deduct the additional international shipping costs from your contributor payment.


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