Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the fifth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 500 Michigan writers in its fourth year. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for youth, teens and adults. New this year is an all-ages category for Spanish entries.
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published and win cash prizes,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “We are excited to expand the opportunity by accepting stories in both English and Spanish this year.”
Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current 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 ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize and a Judges’ Choice runner-up in each category will receive a $100 prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Kent District Library Service and Meeting Center. Author Mardi Jo Link will present the key note. The ceremony is sponsored by Meijer and Twisted Rooster.
Kent District Library is offering writing events for teens and adults. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.