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Sixth 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 sixth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Almost 900 writers from across the state entered the contest in four categories —185 adults, 459 teens, 222 youth and 32 Spanish writers.

“In our sixth year, we are pleased to announce another great slate of talented Michigan Writers,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, KDL’s Director of Innovation and User Experience. “For many of our winners and published finalists, this will be their first time published in our anthology.  Publication for any author is a goal and we always have a varied collection of stories to share each year.”

Winners were chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org 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 on Saturday, March 17 at Schuler Books & Music.

“One unique feature of our short story contest is the ability for the public to vote on a short story winner,” said Boisvenue-Fox. “This gives the public access to these writers and their work with the option to support them with a vote.”

 

ADULT

Judges’ Choice Winner:           Randall Andrews, Jackpot, Brooklyn
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Nancy Barr, Peace, Hancock
Readers’ Choice Winner:         Debbie TenBrink, My Name is Diane, Grand Rapids
Published Finalists:                  Roy York, Fall Colors, Grand Rapids
Robert Hudson, Jack and the Old Man of the Mountain, Ada
Carol Sánchez, Corrientes (Currents), Grand Rapids

 

TEEN

Judges’ Choice Winner:           Vanessa Olson, Red, Jenison (Jenison High School)
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Marie Zelaya, Thanks to Mrs. Kim, Sparta (homeschooled)
Readers’ Choice Winner:         Selah Preston, Sword and Sky, Cedarville (Les Cheneaux Community Schools)
Published Finalists:                  Breanna Harris, 24 Hours, Kentwood (Byron Center High School)
Josephine Koch, To Kill Death, Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Northern High School)
Ryan Park, Invisible, Wyoming (Grandville Middle School)
 

YOUTH

Judges’ Choice Winner:           Kaylie Hellman, Wolfie, Marquette (Henry J. Bothwell Middle School)
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Ellie Kladder, When the First Snow Falls, Interlochen (Grand Traverse Academy)
Readers’ Choice Winner:         Nora Winter, The Butterfly Curse, Kaleva (Manistee Middle High School)
Published Finalists:                  Arya Karki, Hiding Rocky, Northville (Power Middle School) 
Lauren Thompson, Cleanliness is Magical, Chelsea (South Meadows Elementary)
Tanner Soelberg, Demons of the Mind, Hart (Shelby Public Schools)


SPANISH

Judges’ Choice Winner:            Sabrina Salazar, La Sala sin Ventanas, Mount Pleasant
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Selene Lacayo, Tomás y Otelo, una historia de amistad gatuna, Caledonia
Readers’ Choice Winner:         Jenny Jaramillo, 100% Enamorados, Novi (Mercy High School)
Published Finalists:                  Tahvanh Lucero, Una tormenta, un vuelo aterrador, Zeeland (Zeeland West High)
Adam Newby, El poder de los “tacos”, Mount Pleasant                                                                                
Samantha Huffstetler, El Diario de Valentina Valeria, Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Christian Middle School)

Meijer sponsored the 2017-18 Write Michigan contest.