2016 MCC-Longview Literary Festival, Oct. 21

The eighth annual MCC-Longview Literary Festival features some new contests, as well as keynote speakers who will help celebrate the diversity of the arts.

The festival runs all day Friday, October 21 at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, with activities starting at 10 a.m.

The keynote speakers are from the Latino Writers Collective and will be discussing the writing process — taking real life experiences and using craft to transform them into literature. They’ll also preview their new Spanish Language Anthology, “Corazon y una Lengua Peregrina.”

The contests include a writing contest covering fiction, poetry, and essays.

In the poetry category, there will also be a poetry slam following a presentation by Kurt Heintz from Chicago on the history of poetry slams.

lv-literary-festival-posterOther festival highlights:

  • Readings
  • Panel discussions
  • Writing workshops,
  • Book sales and autographs

Guest list includes:

  • Lindsey Martin-Bowen
  • Carl Rhoden
  • M. C. Chambers
  • Marti Verlander
  • And many others
  • A number of small press publishers and writers as well as critique groups including the Summit Scribes

Pitch to an agent:

Festival participants have a chance to “pitch” a novel to Stephanie Hansen from the Metamorphosis Literary Agency. The agency is predominately looking for diverse young adult literature for these publishers: BelleBooks, Bloomsbury Spark, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., Diversion Press, Entangled Publishing, eTreasures Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Jolly Fish Press, Kensington Publishing, Lands Atlantic Publishing, OnStage Publishing, Persea Books, Quirk Books, TOR or WiDo Publishing.

Click here to send a Synopsis and one chapter of your manuscript to the Metamorphosis Literary and have the subject line include LongviewLitFest.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free-of-charge for all attendees. For more information,  click here for the festival website or contact:  Susan Satterfield, 816.456.3156, Susan.Satterfield@mcckc.edu.