It’s On: 2nd Annual Write Michigan Contest

Write Michigan LogoKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music, Pooh’s Corner and Capital Area District Libraries are proud to announce the second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year.

“We were delighted with the response to our first Write Michigan contest,” said Heidi Nagel, KDL communications manager. “Now we’re eager to draw even more writers and expand on the success of our first year.”

Write Michigan kicks off today, with an entry deadline of November 30. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and older, free for 17 and younger; Michigan residents only; and all entries must be submitted online. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize, and the finalists will be published in an anthology by Schuler Books’ Chapbook Press. This year, Write Michigan has also separated the under-18 submissions into separate teen (ages 12-17) and youth (ages 11 and younger) categories, in addition to the adult category for those 18 and older.

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch of KDL on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM. The event will feature a keynote address by Kristina Riggle, whose fifth novel, The Whole Golden World, will be published by HarperCollins this November.

Workshops to support teen and adult writers will be held in September and October at KDL and CADL branches. See for complete details!


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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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2 Responses to “It’s On: 2nd Annual Write Michigan Contest”

  1. Denise D Says:

    Do the writers of the short stories keep the rights to their story or are they given up for this contest? Thanks!

  2. Sheri Says:

    Hi Denise,

    Here is the rights information for the contest:

    The Contest Sponsors shall hold an exclusive right to publish the Work in all physical and digital formats for a period of one year from the date the Write Michigan contest winners are announced. Following that period, the Author may republish the submitted Work with any person or entity of his or her choosing. The Author agrees that the Contest Sponsors shall maintain their co-equal copyright in the said Work in perpetuity, but Contest Sponsors waive their right to benefit from any third party republishing of the Work.

    You can see the complete terms of service and contest guidelines at

    KDL Webmaster