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Fourth annual Write Michigan contest winners announced

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Kent County, Mich.—Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the winners of the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Almost 500 writers from across the state entered the contest: 128 adults, 250 teens and 115 in the youth category.

“We are proud of so many things in this year’s Write Michigan Short Story contest,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, KDL’s Director of Innovation and User Experience. “We are proud that this is our first year where we received two story submissions from the Upper Peninsula.  Our teen contest had more submissions than our youth and adult categories combined.  We know our Michigan teens have lots to say!  And we are also proud of over 100 volunteers who gave up time over the holidays to read every submission to choose our semifinalists.”

Winners were chosen by public voting at the Write Michigan website for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 19 at Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library. Adam Schuitema, author of the novel Haymaker and the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, will present the keynote.

Adult winners

Judges’ Choice Winner: Patricia Clark, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Danielle Adams, Comstock Park
Readers’ Choice Winner: Colleen Alles, Grand Rapids
Published Finalists: Ellen Cassidy, Sawyer; Emily Haines Lloyd, Wyoming; R. Thomas Sheardy, Spring Lake

Teen winners

Judges’ Choice Winner: Chloe Stegman, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Lauren Wilkinson, Ada
Readers’ Choice Winner: Katie Winkle, Grand Rapids
Published Finalists: Audrey Clayton, Grand Rapids; Rachel Corley, Zeeland; Sammy D’Alexander, Cascade

Youth winners

Judges’ Choice Winner: Mae Rintala, Lake Ann
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Natalie Smith, Mattawan
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Williamson, East Grand Rapids
Published Finalists: Gabby DesJardins, Six Lakes; Parker Hammond, Grand Rapids; Madeline Oostema, Ada

Sponsors of the 2015–16 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and Bloom Sluggett Morgan.

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations. For more information, please contact Communications Manager Heidi Nagel at hnagel@kdl.org.