Kansas City Voices Youth Submissions

Thank you for your interest submitting to

Kansas City Voices Youth – Vol. 3!


Extended submissions Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020

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.

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  • We only accept submissions via our Submittable page. We no longer accept hard copy submissions. Any hard copy submissions will not be reviewed nor returned to the artist.
  • 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 Youth, 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.

  • Kansas City Voices Youth contributors must be between the ages of 13-18 and currently enrolled in a recognized high school curriculum.


    • We accept poetry, prose, and art of all media.

    • Submissions do not need to be about Kansas City or the Midwest.

    • KC Voices Youth accepts works from youth creators in the Kansas City metro and surrounding region (~50 miles).

    • All work must be unpublished in other formats at time of submission, including blogs, e-zines, Facebook, etc. In other words, all submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

    • 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 three (3) poems, two (2) prose pieces, and three (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 fee to submit.  Send us your work – we’d love to see it.


Whispering Prairie Press’ 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.