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Semi-Finalists named in Write Michigan short story contest

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(Kent County, MI)—Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music are proud to announce the semi-finalists in the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Nearly 500 Michigan writers from all over the state entered the contest.

Winners will be chosen by public voting at the Write Michigan website from January 11-31 for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. Winners will be announced February 3 and honored at an awards ceremony on March 19 at 2:00 PM at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch (2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Adam Schuitema, author of the novel Haymaker and the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, will present the keynote. 

The top five stories in each age category (Adult / Teen / Youth), as chosen by the celebrity judges, as well as the Readers' Choice winners will be published by Chapbook Press using the Espresso Book Machine. Copies will be available in March 2016.

Adult Semi-finalists

  • Colleen Alles, Fifth Circle, Grand Rapids
  • Denise Fortner, From the Mist, Grass Lake
  • Patricia Clark, Let Him In, Grand Rapids
  • Carol Scot, Teen Love, Lansing
  • R. Thomas Sheardy, The Parable of Three Turkeys, Spring Lake
  • Emily Haines Lloyd, Five Days With My Mother, Wyoming
  • Jessika Whiteside, Innerspace, Canton
  • Danielle Adams, Silent Night, Comstock Park
  • Ellen Cassidy, The Good Sister, Sawyer
  • Elizabeth Fust, The Typewriter, Saint Johns

Teen Semi-finalists

  • Katie Winkle, A Basket and a Bow, Grand Rapids
  • Sammy D’Alexander, Catnapped, Cascade
  • Chloe Stegman, One Last Show, Grand Rapids
  • Quinn Baar, Standing Strong, Hudsonville
  • Evelyn Pae, The Freelance Butterfly, Ada
  • Lauren Wilkinson, A Cookie-tastrophe!, Ada
  • Rachel Corley, Left and Right, Zeeland
  • Audrey Clayton, See You Someday, Grand Rapids
  • Doris Lanzkron-Tamarazo, The Final Episode, Oak Park
  • Valerie Reeves, The Secret Ingredient, Mancelona

Youth Semi-finalists

  • Annah Stang, A Mature Ghost Story, Howell
  • Rachel Williamson, Blown Away, East Grand Rapids
  • Mae Rintala, She’s Gone, Lake Ann
  • Sarah Shapin, The Pencil, Kentwood
  • Natalie Smith, The Spirit Wolves, Mattawan
  • Brendan Bush, Art from Hell, Concord
  • Parker Hammond, Elliot and Charlie, Grand Rapids
  • Madeline Oostema, The Jungle Dance, Ada
  • Gabby DesJardins, The Puddle of Life, Six Lakes
  • Ella Satterthwaite, When It Rains, Ada

Sponsors of the 2015-16 Write Michigan Short Story Contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer, Bloom Sluggett Morgan and Twisted Rooster.

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.