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Kansas Author’s Club Convention to be held in Topeka Kansas October 2015

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The 2015 Kansas Author’s Club Convention will be held in Topeka, Kansas this year on October 2-4 2015 at the Ramada Inn.  The guest speaker for the banquet Elle Lothlorien author of “Kissing Frogs and Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: The Topsy-Turvy State of Publishing” will share some of her own insight to the Convention Guests.  Elle’s first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010, and peaked at #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 List for Humor in 2012. She was one of the first self-published authors to take advantage of Amazon’s“ free promo days,” and gave away 45,000 copies of her books on Valentine’s Day, 2012 —catapulting her second novel,  Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon’s bestseller list.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear or see this wonderful woman!

The KAC convention features a Youth Contest night on Friday evening for the youth members and non-members who have entered the yearly contest.  The youth have the opportunity to read their work to the adults that evening.  It is a wonderful way for youth and adults to interact.  Even if you haven’t entered the contest for 2015 but have written a piece of poetry or prose, youth guests are highly encouraged to read to the public audience and share their work.

The Book Room featuring books written by Kansas Author’s Club members is also open to the General Public so it is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet author’s and have your book signed. Interesting and educational workshops scheduled for this year’s convention are:

2015 Convention Speakers and Topics:
  Know What You’re Doing: Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing

Mark Bouton

  Tips for Writing a Novel

Elle Lothlorien

  Dating Your Book: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm Through Online Dating

Esther Luttrell

  Creating Dynamic Dialogue and Believable Characters
  Writing and Publishing an Autobiography That’s More Than A Memoir

Max McCoy

  The Three Keys of Effective Research

Kevin Rabas

  Writing Mediatative Poetry

Kevin Rabas

  Using Decription and Imagery in Poetry and Prose

T. Dawn Richard

  Using Screenwriting Techniques to Plot Your Novel

T. Dawn Richard

  The Butler Did It! Tackling the unique challenges of writing a mystery

Dennis Smirl

  A Century of Science Fiction

Kansas Author’s Club was established in 1904.  You don’t have to be from Kansas to belong to one of the oldest organizations for writers in the world today!  People from other parts of the USA have joined the organization especially for the fantastic encouragement and growth in youth writing, and the KAC Outreach Project called “Writer’s in the Community”.

There is more information about the convention on the Kansas Author’s Club website, but if you want to learn more or join KAC, then here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions?

What is a super benefit of joining the Kansas Author’s Club?  You have the wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with real people just like yourself who have loved to read or write but just needed a little encouragement to keep moving forward.  KAC is a great way to learn new techniques in writing, share ideas and stories, get input from some of the experts in the field, find amazing resources for writers you won’t find anywhere else, learn about self-publishing or going through a Publisher, marketing tips from people who have already been through book tours, signings, etc.  The members of KAC are more than just club members.  They are willing to help each other and it is more like belonging to a family of writers and great friends.  KAC is also on the social site–facebook now so you can go to Kansas Author’s Club and simply like the page to keep updated.  Kansas Author’s Club also has a connection with the Spencer Library and Museum as a part of Kansas History so if you have published a book, you can have your own book placed into the Spencer library too.

Who qualifies for membership? Anyone who is interested in writing. Kansans and any writers with a connection to the state are welcome to join.  So if you lived in Kansas before, or have family ties in Kansas then this may be an organization for you.  If you haven’t ever lived in Kansas but have a Connection to the state in some manner, then join us!  Many photographers and media hosts have also become writers or written blogs before and joined.  People who frequently travel through Kansas and feel a connection should think about the rare opportunity to be a part of a family of writers who love to share and encourage others.

When may new members join? The Kansas Authors Club accepts new members throughout the year. Those who join after October 1 will be credited as paying for the coming year’s membership. Current members must renew their membership by March 31 of each year in order to remain an active member in good standing. Those who allow their membership to lapse may apply to the Financial Secretary for reinstatement before December 31 of the year in which membership has lapsed. Membership year is from Jan 1 to Dec. 31.

ANNUAL DUES Adult: $25.00* Junior (Student through 12th grade): $10.00 —25% of the state dues are returned to the Districts for local expenses

*Members may now pay dues for more than one year, up to a maximum of five years. The dues scale is as follows: One Year: $ 25.00 Two years: $ 47.00 (Savings of $ 3.00) Three years: $ 67.00 (Savings of $ 8.00) Four years $ 85.00 (Savings of $15.00) Five years $101.00 (Savings of $ 24.00)

The best and easiest part is you can now join on-line with payment through Paypal for your convenience so what are you waiting for?  It also makes a wonderful gift too!  As a parent, if you have a writer in your home–then encourage them to join and buy a membership for your child, niece, or young relative today.


For more information, please visit our website at  Kansas Author’s Club is a public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).  Read about the History of KAC, a downloadable PDF file book.  See you at the convention!!!!!


Anne Shiever–KAC Publicity Chair

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KAC Contest–Enter NOW!

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For all Kansas Adult Writers Contest opens April 1, 2014 and closes June 16, 2014, postmarked

2014 THEME CONTEST: “Salt of the Earth”

(Be creative in capturing the spirit of the theme!)

Theme contest pays $100, $50 and $35, with two unpaid honorable mentions. All other categories will be awarded three places: $25, $15, and $10, with two unpaid honorable mentions. Awards for best poet and best prose writer will be selected by the contest chairs.

Categories Note: There will be a variation in categories from year to year based on quantity of entries and input from judges and club members.

PROSE CATEGORIES (word limit on all prose categories, 2000 words)

  1. Theme Contest: Salt of the Earth
  2. Short Fiction
  3. Memoir/Autobiography
  4. Inspiration
  5. Story for Children, preschool to Grade 5
  6. SciFi/Fantasy
  7. Erotica/Romance

POETRY CATEGORIES (limit poems to one page)

  1. Theme Contest: Salt of the Earth.  40-line limit, any form.
  2. Classic Forms:  Sonnet (14 lines), Blank Verse (iambic pentameter, unrhymed, 40-line limit), Sestina (39-line as per structure), all other forms (40-line limit).
  3. Free Verse: 40-line limit, no rhythm, no rhyme.
  4. Narrative Verse: (40-line limit, tells a story, may be rhymed or not).
  5. Whimsy: 20-line limit. Light, humorous, limerick, shaped, or nonsense.<
  6. Japanese Form: Haiku (3-lines, 17-syllables with 5, 7, 5 per line), Tanka (5-lines, 31-syllables with 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 per line) or Renga (restricted to ten sentences/lines and need not rhyme).
  7. Song Lyric: Three or four verses, one chorus/refrain, 40-line limit.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING (Please read and follow all instructions prior to submitting your entries to the contest. Entries that do not follow guidelines may be disqualified from the contest.)

  1. This contest is open to non-member writers residing in Kansas and to all members of the Kansas Authors Club, regardless of residence.
  2. All entries must be original and not published in print or electronically in any format including web-based or individual blogs, websites or other electronic means, or publicly broadcast in any media before the 2014 State Convention.
  3. Entries that have won first, second, or third place in previous KAC State contests are not eligible to be entered again. District awards or Honorable Mentions in State Contests may be entered.
  4. No more than five entries per category may be entered. An entry may not be entered in multiple categories.
  5. FEES: $4.00 per entry for KAC members. $6.00 per entry for non-members. Check or money order must be made out to Kansas Authors Club and included with entries.
  6. Entries to the Prose and Poetry divisions of the contest (and payments) must be made separately to the contest chairs designated below. All entries within each division (prose and poetry) should come in one submission, however. Do not send single entries if you are making multiple submissions to one division of the contest.
  7. Manuscripts must be typed on 8-1/2” by 11” paper, double-spaced, except for poetry which should be single spaced to keep it on one page. Font size of 12 is recommended. At the top of the page give the following information: KAC contest, category, total number of words (for prose) or number of lines (for poetry). If a manuscript is more than one page, number the pages. Put the title on each page. Submit only ONE copy of each manuscript. Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet. DO NOT put contestant’s name on entries.
  8. Include separate 8-1/2” by 11” cover sheet (download, above, or look for a copy in your spring newsletter) for PROSE and POETRY with your name, address, district number (members) or NON-MEMBER KAC. List entries by category and title, first line of Haiku or other untitled entries. All prose entries must be listed on one cover sheet and all poetry entries must be listed on one cover sheet. All entries should be mailed FLAT to the appropriate contest manager in one 9”x12” envelope.
  9. Enclose a 9”x12” self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for return of manuscripts. If you believe you will be attending convention to pick up entries, please paperclip appropriate postage to enclosed envelope just in case your plans change. Prizes awarded will be mailed by KAC, but manuscripts (which may include judge’s comments) will not be returned without SASE.
  10. Judges will not be members of KAC. Prizes will be awarded only if judges find entries of sufficient merit. Judges decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning manuscripts. Keep a copy of your original manuscript. KAC cannot be responsible for lost manuscripts.
  11. Manuscripts will not be accepted with postage due.
  12. Entries will be accepted April 1 to June 16, 2014,postmarked no later than June 16.

Mail Prose Entries to: Alan D’Souza, KAC Prose Contest Manager 652 North Poplar St. Wichita, KS 67214

Mail Poetry Entires to: Ronda Miller, KAC Poetry Contest Manager 214 Lawrence Ave. Lawrence, KS 66049-1900

NOTE: All 2014 Adult Contest prizes will be awarded to members and non-members at the 2014 Kansas Authors Club Convention inHutchinson on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Prizes will be mailed after the convention to those unable to attend. Manuscripts will be returned to those unable to attend the convention ONLY if a SASE is enclosed.

Categories Note: There will be a variation in categories from year to year based on quantity of entries and input from judges and club members.

kids grow as they practice writing skills 2014 Youth Writing Contest  Contest deadline is June 30, 2014 Send along the 2014 Youth Writing Contest Entry Form [PDF Download] —Get Adobe PDF Reader FREE—

PRIZES: Medals and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division and each category. Certificates for Honorable Mentions (awarded at judges’ discretion). Publication in book format of entries winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions, with each winner receiving a copy of the book.

(KAC retains the right to edit the published entries but the entries themselves will remain the property of the individual authors.)

Prizes will be awarded Friday, October 4, 2013, at the 2013 KAC Convention in Wichita, Kansas, or mailed if the winner is not present.

Print your own 2014 Youth Writing Contest Guidelines [Below & PDF Download] —Get Adobe PDF Reader FREE—

2014 Youth Writing Contest Guidelines: Contest open between April 1, 2014, and June 16, 2014 Five Age Divisions: Grades 1-2Grades 3-4Grades 5-6Grades 7-8Grades 9-12.

Three Categories (any subject):

  • Poetry (to 40 lines; any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, song lyric)
  • Fiction (to 800 words; short story, chapter of a novel, drama)
  • Nonfiction (to 800 words; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and people).

Official Rules:

  1. Contest open to all youth, grades 1-12, residing in Kansas and to student members of the Kansas Authors Club (KAC) regardless of residence.
  2. All entries must be the youth’s original work and unpublished.
  3. No manuscript may be entered in more than one category.
  4. Only one author per submission (no co-authors allowed).
  5. All entries must be typed on 8 1⁄2 x 11 white paper. Fiction and nonfiction must be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  6. The contestant’s name should appear only on the contest entry form for the entry and NOT on the entry itself. If an entry is more than one page, each page should be numbered and the title of the entry should appear on each page.
  7. A contestant may submit up to two entries per category. The contestant must use a separate contest entry form for each entry, listing the following:
    • Contestant’s name
    • Home address, including zip code (Please do NOT use school address.)
    • Parent’s home and/or cell phone number, including area code
    • Parent’s e-mail address, if available. No school e-mails, please.
    • Grade level of the contestant as of April 1, 20143
    • Title of the entry
    • Contest Category of the entry (Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction)
  8. Submit entries postmarked between April 1, 2014, and June 15, 2014.
  9. Multiple entries may be mailed in a single 9 x 12 envelope. Enclose: contest entry form (or coversheet) for each entry, manuscript(s), and, for each contestant, a self-addressed stamped envelope with a first class stamp. (The envelopes are for notifications to winners and/or copies of next year’s rules.) Manuscripts will not be returned. Entries with postage due will be disqualified.
  10. By entering the contest, youth writers and their parents give KAC permission to use their names and submissions in print form.
  11. Mail entries to:  Youth Contest Manager Susan Kinney-Riordan, District 4 2037 Roach, Salina, KS 67401785-825-9163, send email to Susan

PRIZES: Medals and certifcates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division and each category, and Certificates for Honorable Mentions (awarded at judges’ discretion). Publication in book format of entries winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions, with each winner receiving a copy of the book. (KAC retains the right to edit the published entries but the entries themselves will remain the property of the individual authors.) Prizes will be awarded Friday, October 10, 2014, at the KAC Convention in Hutchinson, Kansas, or mailed if the winner is not present.

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See also: William J. Karnowski

2013 William J. Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest  —Funded by William J. Karnowski for Youth ages 5-18 (Note: Separate from KAC youth contest, above. Students are encouraged to enter both contests. Entry deadline is June 16, 2014 Print your own 2014 Karnowski Contest Rules [PDF Download] —GetAdobe PDF Reader FREE—


  1. Send submissions to your KAC district Vice-President by June 16, 2014. (Mailing address are below, #9.)
  2. Vice-Presidents may submit their three choices for consideration to Bill Karnowski by August 15, 2014.
  3. Poetry may be on any subject, in any style, with any structure, and any length.
  4. On the back of each entry write the contestant’s name, address, phone or email contact, district number, age on August 15, 2014, and grade level for the 2013/2014 school year.
  5. All poems will be returned to the poets if a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed. Otherwise entries will not be returned. If possible, keep a copy of your original poem as a back-up.
  6. Three prizes will be awarded: First $100.00, Second$50.00, and Third $25.00.
  7. The awards will be presented at the 2014 Annual Convention and Writers Conference in Hutchinson, Kansas on Friday evening, October 10, 2014.
  8. By entering the contest, youth writers and their parents give KAC permission to use their names and submission in print form.
  9. Mail entries to the Vice President of the Kansas Authors Club District in which you live. (See your 2014 KAC Yearbook or visit our Districts page to find your district, determined by Kansas county.)

District 1 Vice President Evie Green, 4741 SW Twilight DrivE, Topeka KS 66614 District 2 Vice President Jack Kline, 34461 Rockville, Louisburg, KS 66053 District 3 Vice President Louise Click, 503 Spruce Street, Coffeyville, KS 67337 District 4 Treasurer Kristine Polansky, 1925 Bluestem Terrace, Manhattan, KS 66502 District 5 Vice President Louise Z. Pelzl, 10147 SE 80th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124 District 6 Vice President Doris Schroeder, 2521 E. 44th St., Hutchinson, KS 67502 District 7 Vice President Millie Horlacher, 750 W. Pine Street, Colby, KS 67701

These represntatives will submit up to five entries from each district for consideration by August 15, 2014 to: William Karnowski, 20500 Pauling Run Rd., Wamego, KS 66547

Article submitted by: Anne Shiever Publicity Chair, Freelance Writer and Photographer

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What is KAC??? New, great, opportunities for young and old!!!

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hilitewithhome_1x1Since 1904 writers from all generations have joined the Kansas Author’s Club to unite as one big writer family!

The KAC (Kansas Author’s Club) is currently divided into seven districts within the state of Kansas.  Many authors have been published numerous times in both hard copy print and on-line.  There are great opportunities for “Youth” as we strongly encourage both writers and readers of all ages to join the fun within the organization.

The official address of the Kansas Author’s Club is:  PO Box 296  Kechi, KS 67067 as established by the general assembly in 1989.  The official form to join KAC is located on the Kansas Author’s Club site under the heading “MEMBERSHIP“.  Just print out the form, fill it out, and mail it in with your applicable membership fee. Read More→

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