Belt Seeks KC Stories / Deadline: July 1


Belt Publishing will be compiling an anthology of essays, stories, and poems about Kansas City in 2020 as part of the City Anthology Series.

Kansas City is a dramatically different place than it was even just 15 years ago, and Belt is looking for literary stories, scenes, and memories about the city that evoke KC in fresh and challenging ways. Belt is seeking personal stories that will retain their relevance for years to come. Belt wants stories about discovery, redemption, heartbreak; stories with humor;  stories about overlooked places, events, people; and stories that connect Kansas City’s heritage with what’s going on in the city today.

Belt is especially seeking stories from KC’s African-American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, and other often-underrepresented communities. Stories from the suburbs and surrounding counties will be considered, but we’re most interested in pieces that relate to KCMO and KCK.

Not technically a writer? That’s OK. We still want to hear your story, and we can help you tell it.

Other general guidelines and information:

-Submissions should be nonfiction personal essays/reported stories between 300 and 2,000 words. (Longform pieces over 2,000 words may be considered, though please query first.) Poetry related to Kansas City and the greater metro area will also be considered.

-No fiction.

-Authors can submit multiple pieces. Previously published pieces may be accepted, but the author must include the original publication information and have the rights to the piece. Accepted submissions will likely be edited in coordination with the author.

-Contributors will receive an honorarium.

-The anthology will be edited by David Hudnall, a native Kansas Citian and editor of The Pitch.

To submit an entry, please:

-Include author’s full name and contact information (phone, email, address, and 3-4 sentence bio).

-Indicate where the author lives/where “story” takes place (i.e. Wyandotte County, Wendell Phillips, Waldo, etc.).

-Write “SUBMISSION” on the subject line.

-Submit all entries and questions to:

Submissions are due by July 1, 2019.

SPONSORS:  Interested in underwriting or sponsoring this book? Email Publisher Anne Trubek at