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Short-story writing contest open to authors of all ages

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music, and Herrick District Library announce the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Nov. 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up). Details include: a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; 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. Voters and judges choose winners from the top 10 semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an awards aeremony taking place on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult Something Strange and Deadly series, will present the keynote. The ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

Participating libraries are offering writing workshops for adults, teens and children. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.

 

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