Focus on Writing
All books, poems, songs, plays begin with the exacting and thrilling art of writing. The Ann Arbor Book Festival is committed to encouraging folks to pick up their pens and write.
Past Ann Arbor Book Festival Writing Events
IT'S ALL WRITE!
2009 Teen Short Story Contest
January 23, 2009 through March 20, 2009 -- All Locations
Short stories may be submitted beginning at 10:00 am, Friday, January 23 until Friday, March 20 at 9:00 pm.
The Library's annual short story contest for teens (High School and Middle School students) features $1500 in total cash prizes to be distributed among nine lucky winners! This year's winner could be YOU! This is a great way for young writers to test their skills.
This contest is held by the Ann Arbor District Library in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Book Festival, which will take place May 14-17 throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Last year, over 100 area students participated.
For grades 6 - 12.
Visit the Ann Arbor District Library's "Contests" page for more information.
Ann Arbor Book Festival
SHORT STORY CONTEST 2009
2009 Short Story Contest Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Margaret Yang, the winner of our 2009 Short Story Contest. Margaret Yang lives in Ann Arbor where she is a full-time parent and writer. She loves all things modern and high-tech, especially if they are cute and pink. More about Margaret and links to her published short stories can be found on her webpage: http://yangandcampion.googlepages.com. Margaret was excited to win and thrilled to share her story on our website.
Thanks to all of our participants. We encourage everyone to try again next year!
2009 Short Story Contest Guidelines
The winner of the annual Ann Arbor Book Festival Short Story Contest receives a cash prize ($250) and the chance to be published in a to-be-determined journal.
Entries for original short stories will be taken starting May 1, 2009, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Book Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. Entries will be accepted until the deadline of September 1, 2009.
Stories may be up to a maximum of 7000 words in length and should be submitted as double-spaced printed pages. The entry must be unpublished in any form.
The author's name must not appear on the entry. A separate cover page with all identifying information should be included with the submission.
An entry fee of $10 for each story submitted. Checks may be made payable to Ann Arbor Book Festival or you may submit payment online.
Entries not conforming to all guidelines will be disqualified. Entry fees will not be refunded.
Mail your entry, along with a self-addressed, stamped business envelope, to:
Ann Arbor Book Festival
500 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
c/o Kathy Robenalt
To submit electronically, send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Short Story" in the subject line.
2008 Short Story Contest
Congratulations to Kiki DeLancey, the winner of our 2008 Short Story Contest. Kiki has been kind enough to share her work (click here) for all to read.
Thanks to all of our participants - we had a record number of writers submit their work in 2008 and encourage you to try again next year!