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Show-Me Showdown:

Squeezebox Essay Contest


Kansas City contradicts itself: landlocked but developed along an unpredictable river; straddling two states with varying degrees of success; a metropolis that has maintained a small-town feel. We are a city on what feels like perpetual rising and we carry with us many voices.


We want to hear how you fit into it. What you think of it. What you think is possible here.


We hope to find a winning essay (and runner up) that explores the idea of “place” as it relates to various topics such as personal identity or heritage. You might choose to write about a certain part of town, a favorite local hangout, a particular architectural movement or the way our parks and boulevards helped shape present-day neighborhoods. There is a story you cannot wait to tell about Kansas City, and we want to hear it. The possibilities are as big as the moon. The only limit is excellence in writing and storytelling.


Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?


Winner and runner-up will receive publication with a reading and a fancy schmancy reception.


Every submission must include a copy of the following:


-Completed Submission Form (email to request form)

-Essay (5-7 double-spaced pages)

-Source Page, if applicable




-Must be 18+

-$15 (Checks please. We wish this could be free, but we have bills to pay, y’all!)

-Email Submissions to or snail mail us at 522 Locust Ln. #202 KCMO 64106

-Reading period begins June 15 and ends Aug.15

-Winners announced Sept. 1


*Note: With your submission, you are permitting Squeezebox to edit the winning essays for style and errors. You will be required to go through the editorial process as if you were a regular contributor to Squeezebox. The edited essay will be returned to you for a final draft. Upon receipt of final draft, the essays will be published on A reading and reception will be held for the winners in early Fall.


Essay Contest