What’s Your Story?

Deadline for entries is November 30, 2023

Everybody has a story to tell. What's yours?

Writers of all ages are invited to enter the 12th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. The contest is sponsored by Kent District Library, Canton Public Library, Capitol Area District Library and Schuler Books and is open to youth, teen and adults. Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes.  

“So many people have a story to tell and just need a reason to write it down. Write Michigan gives them that reason; some impetus to get it down on paper, and have it read,” said Laurie Golden, Engagement & Design department head at CPL. “And there's a chance that your story could be published and you could win $500. A Canton resident was one of the finalists for last year's contest and we'd love to have more Canton participation in this state-wide contest.” 

Stories can be submitted at writemichigan.org through Wednesday, 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.   

There will be four cash prizes given in each of the three categories―Judges’ Choice ($500), Readers’ Choice ($250) and Judges’ Choice Runner-up ($250). The top ten stories in each category will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of published authors, editors, professors and literary agents. A public vote will determine the winners of Readers’ Choice. 

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony on March 23, 2024 and their story will be published in an anthology by Chapbook Press. 

Those who enjoy reading stories are encouraged to sign up to be a volunteer story reviewer at writemichigan.org/volunteer.

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