2017 KWA Anthology

This is a reminder about the 2017 KWA Anthology, with a deadline of June 30, 2017.

2017 KWA Anthology


  1. Must be a member of KWA.
  2. No pornographic material (try to make it suitable for ages 10 to 90).
  3. Must be an unpublished work which you own the rights to (you will retain the rights to your work even after publication).
  4. Use only the name you wish to have listed as the author.
  5. Short stories shall be limited to 1 per author and can be no longer than 20,000 words. Poetry shall be limited to 5 per author and can be no longer than 50 lines per poem. Also remember that the book is 6 x 9 inches and if you write a line that has fifty words, it will get split up on the page. So think about how you want your poetry to look – might even use page set up at 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 when you write it.
  6. Submission rules: Please make sure that it is single spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman, paragraph indention 2 spaces. Full justification. If you wish to leave a space between paragraphs, then please center space with ***. If possible Word works best. (Because there are so many different writing programs some of them seem to take on their own life when they are e-mailed. Such as a space between every paragraph, which I then have to determine was it on purpose or not, usually not. This is why the *** helps to know that is how the author wants it. And some works have an indention of 7 or 8 spaces, which does not look good in book form.)
  7. E-mail as an attachment (this is very important – will not accept it any other way) to: Attn – Sonny Collins
  8. Deadline is June 30, 2017 – no exceptions.

Send submission to: prairiemoonpublications@hotmail.com

April 16 Meeting – Conference Focus

Our April 16th meeting will be dedicated to helping members prepare to attend conferences. Many of our members attend the Oklahoma Writers Federation (OWFI) conference in early May (for more information, check out http://www.owfi.org/). This year the conference will be May 12-14 in Oklahoma City.

We’ll be helping members practice their pitches. Pitch sessions are opportunities to try to convince an agent or editor to read your completed manuscript. They are typically 10 minutes long. If you decide to participate, come prepared to introduce yourself and spend several minutes telling us why your book is awesome.

Additionally, Rae Cuda has volunteered to take professional portraits at no charge for members of KWA.  (Membership is easy, and you can become a member the day of the meeting.) You may want to have a professional portrait even if you aren’t going to a conference (website, Face Book, author photo).

Sonny Colllins will also be discussing the details of the upcoming KWA Anthology with its Kansas theme this year.

Following the basic meeting, we will have a critique session for authors looking for feedback. Time will be set aside after each monthly meeting to allow those who are interested an opportunity to meet. Bring no more than 10 pages to read and discuss.


1:30 – 3:30 – Pitch sessions, photos, anthology discussion

3:45 – ? – Critique session (until no later than 6 pm)

Get Published in the KWA Sampler

KWA Board member-at-large Sonny Collins has put together an exciting project exclusively for KWA members together with his publisher, Prairie Moon Publications. You can be published on demand for free, no strings attached. Here’s the scoop straight from Sonny:

For all the members of KWA, I have some exciting news. If you have ever wanted to have something published without any fee or obligation, now is the time. Send one poem or one short story (max. 7,000 words) per member to:

KWA Sampler
Prairie Moon Publications
P.O. Box 236
Hillsboro, KS 67063

Deadline is June 30, 2011

The collection will then be published in book form and ready for purchase some time in November (makes a great Christmas gift). There is no obligation to purchase unless you want to. This is a good way to tell folks you have been published without having to compete against others.

The only guidelines are that the works be original, that you have the rights to them, and that you are a KWA member in good standing at the time of the deadline. So happy writing!

As Always,
Sonny Collins