BkMk Press Celebrates 50 Years

BkMk Press Celebrates 50 Years BkMk Press was founded in 1971 at the Johnson County Library in Kansas. It officially became part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1983 under the leadership of founder Dan Jaffe. In 2021, BkMk is planning several events in celebration of this milestone anniversary. The first of these celebration events  include the following: A Tale of Two Patricias: Making a Literary Life in Kansas City, featuring Patricia Cleary Miller and Patricia Lawson. Miller’s new BkMk Press book is Can … Learn more

2020 Contest Winners

Below are the winners and finalists of the 2020 contests, which closed January 15, 2020. John Ciardi Prize for Poetry We are pleased now to announce the winning manuscript, Flowers as Mind Control by Laura Minor of Jacksonville, Florida. The final judge was John Hodgen. BkMk Press congratulates the finalists:  Paul David Adkins Regina DiPerna Sonia Greenfield Peter Krumbach David Moolten Virginia Sutton Cheryl Clark Vermeulen Michele Wolf Cecilia Woloch Laura Minor will receive a $1,000 prize plus book publication by BkMk Press in 2021. … Learn more

We stand in solidarity

BkMk Press and our affiliates New Letters and New Letters on the Air stand in solidarity with our black writers, readers, listeners, friends, and community. We have long made it our mission “to discover, publish, and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found.” Implicit in this statement is our commitment to inclusion—to searching far and wide for a diversity of voices. But following the national unrest after the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, … Learn more