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"It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

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The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 28th annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Spring 2020! Young Adult authors take part as judges each year, who then read and select the winning stories. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest.

2020 "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 28th annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Spring 2020! Young Adult authors take part as judges each year, who then read and select the winning stories. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest. Winners will be announced at our Teen Writing Festival on Sunday, June 9 from 1-3pm at the Downtown Library.

Congratulations to our 2020 winners in all categories!

2020 Winners in Flash Fiction:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Riya Rao "The Tenth Birthday Gift"
2nd Yufei Fu "School Days"
3rd Liah Igel "A Few Clicks"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Shanelle Felipe "Button"
2nd Grace Lee "The Sounds"
3rd Christy Delaney "Pandora's Garden"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Lola Simon "The Boys"
2nd Anonymous "Dark Regrets"
3rd Emma Blanchet "Roommate"

2020 Winners in Short Story:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Jeremy Parker "Sunset"
2nd Anita Gaenko "The Girl With the Sunflower Shoes"
3rd Anonymous "Shikata Ga Nai"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Emma Washburn "Hemingway"
2nd Norah Armijo "The Convict"
3rd Anonymous "Milk and honey"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Maggie Lareau "Bright Red Buoys"
2nd Kat Andrews "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
3rd Vanessa Abraham "Pilgrimage"

2020 Winners in Poetry:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Devin Sanders "Caged"
2nd Bhavana Veeravalli "Honey-Milk Glow"
3rd Anonymous "Blossoming Shadows"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Jeannie Kim "Planting Peonies"
2nd Ha Tran Tran "A Love Letter for Home"
3rd Rina Huang "Miss"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Kathryn Lakin "Survived By... 12/22/2011"
2nd Elyse Thomas "star-spangled black girl"
3rd Danae Younge "If I Could Pinch a Moment in Time"

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2019 "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 27th annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Spring 2019! Young Adult authors take part as judges each year, who then read and select the winning stories. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest. Winners will be announced at our Teen Writing Festival on Sunday, June 9 from 1-3pm at the Downtown Library.

Congratulations to our 2019 winners in all categories!

2019 Winners in Flash Fiction:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Allison Xu "An Old Recliner"
2nd Kathryn Plotner "Creases"
3rd Lauryn Alexander "Shadow Man"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Syed Ali "The Pink Raincoat"
2nd Annie Chen "Sit"
3rd Anna Campbell "Weather and Whimsy"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Julia Somma "Recycling"
2nd Caitlin Leong "emptea"
3rd Maeve Florence-Smith "Elk Don't Read"

2019 Winners in Short Story:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Olivia Palmbos "First World Problems"
2nd Kate Castrogiovanni "A Whole Lot of Ruckus"
3rd Janae Wallace "When You're Just Normal"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Elyse Thomas "Ode to My Father and Jamaica"
2nd Jennifer Chiu "Taro Pudding"
3rd Jordan Fox "The Bridge"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Tyler Econa "The Orchestra"
2nd Savannah Grace "The Flowers of Seoul"
3rd Dakota Collins "Nikola"

2019 Winners in Poetry:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Emma Blanchet "Still Growing Up"
2nd TIE Noah Arinze "It's Time to Face the Reality"
2nd TIE Katerina Selene Fruedenberg "Scar"
3rd Molly Reiser "ocd"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Loryn Smith "dear..."
2nd Julie Griswold "(Cinder) Ella"
3rd Isabelle Fauteaux "Scorpius"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Anonymous "Eavesdropped"
2nd Nikhita Dakar "An Ode to My Culture"
3rd Catherine George "Girl Talk"

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2018 "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of this year's It's All Write contest! The winners were announced at the Teen Writing Festival on June 10 and are also listed below. Stories will be published on the library website this summer! All winners and finalists will receive their certificates in the mail if they did not attend the Teen Writing Festival, and winners will receive their award and prize money in the mail within 3 weeks. Thanks to all who participated in this year's contest! The 2019 It's All Write contest will begin in January of next year.

2018 Winners in Flash Fiction:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Turner Touliuszis "The Wyvern"
2nd Anonymous "Probably Just Teenager Crap"
3rd Felicity Rosa-Davies "My Father's Favorite Star"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Elyse Thomas "Tale of Black Culture"
2nd Claire Robinson "Camera Roll"
3rd Lexie Burns "Colors of the Dead"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Tanvi Jaikamal "I Didn't Mean To"
2nd Deeya Chaturvedi "Stage Fright"
3rd Ronia Cabansag "Dinner"

2018 Winners in Short Story:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Charlotte Sovka "Diaspora"
2nd Anonymous Level Nine
3rd Aubrey Pierson "Mr. Linden's Library"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Kira Brehob "What's Your Name"
2nd Annilee Hampton "Crossed-off Dates and Missed Events"
3rd Noah Wilson "Almost Home"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Anonymous To Us He Is Eliah
2nd Mary Collins "Clockwork"
3rd Karen Liu "Sunscreen for Survival"

View 2018 Finalist Stories

View All 2018 Submissions

2017 "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

"It's All Write!" Awards Ceremony 2017

569 writers sent their stories to the 2017 "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest! Below is a list of the 2017 winners and finalists.

2017 Winners in Flash Fiction:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Lily Patterson "25 Pills"
2nd Madeline Gupta "The Color Blue"
3rd Jeremy Klooster "The Cycle"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Julianna Eng "A Hymn from a Mother"
2nd Seun Ajepe "They Came for My Tusks"
3rd Jessica Xu "The Orange Tree"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Darby Baird "Unseen"
2nd Mackenzie Konschuh "The Monsters in Us"
3rd Miranda McCarthy "Open New File"

2017 Winners in Short Story:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Billie Hoffmann "Dans le Trou de Lapin (Down the Rabbit Hole)"
2nd Delaney Christy "5 Million 270 Thousand Seconds"
3rd Amber Yu "Why I Loved You"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Adam Whitbeck "The Sky and the Land"
2nd Sophie Nadel "The Traveling Hat"
3rd Julia Somma "His & Hers"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Anya Svintsitski "Watchman"
2nd Sara Roza "Leave the Doors Open"
3rd Kaleigh Perkins "California"

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2016 "It's All Write!" Short Story Contest

Around 496 writers sent their stories to the 2016 "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest! Below is a list of the 2016 winners.

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Chioma Ilozor "Where We Belong"
2nd Deniz Kirca "My Father's Memories"
3rd Elizabeth Plotner "The Cage"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Samantha Pyo "Unprecedented"
2nd Zoe Lubetkin "To Desire the Sky"
3rd Tiffany Vembenil "Dear Dawn"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Devin Quinn "Lock's Wasteland"
2nd Samuel Giedzinski "The Painter's Foe"
3rd Katherine Horning "Coming Out"

View 2016 Finalist Stories

View All 2016 Submissions

Enjoy the stories and happy writing!

2015 "It's All Write!" Short Story Contest

Around 571 writers sent their stories to the 2015 "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest! Below is a list of the 2015 winners.

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Madilynn O’Hara "Why Walter Adams Cheated at Bingo"
2nd Laura Edwards "Sea Smiles"
3rd Anonymous "Living Among the Dead"

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Felicia Danu "Tethered"
2nd Ella Staats "Jessie"
3rd Michelle Glans "Alive (على قيد الحياة)"

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Tiffany Wang "A Girl, in Seven Parts"
2nd Devin Quinn "Night-Birds"
3rd Hannah McSorley "Amongst the Stars"

View 2015 Finalist Stories

View All 2015 Submissions

2014 "It's All Write!" Short Story Contest

Around 358 teen writers turned in stories for the 2014 "It's All Write!" teen short story contest. Below is a list of the 2014 winners (and past winners) from the It's All Write! contest, including a list of the 2014 finalists. You can also read the compiled 2014 "It's All Write!" Book as well as a full list of submissions.

Middle School Winners

1st Zoe Lubetkin "Jumping for the Young and Rash" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Elena Bernier "The Elevator" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Mary Collins "The Gryphon Trainer" PDF Text-Only Version

9th-10th Grade Winners

1st Avis Zane "Saint Simone Against the Fear"
2nd Kelsey Towne "Aspartame" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Jackson Hassell "The Daedalus Network" PDF Text-Only Version

11-12th Grade Winners

1st Eveline Liu "a lonely hunter" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Annie Gao "The Baby Maker"
3rd Nina Shallman "At the Pond"

2014 Finalists in three grade categories:

6-8th Grade:

Elena Bernier "The Elevator"
Henry Branch "The Immigrant Kid" Text-Only Version
Mary Collins "The Gryphon Trainer" Text-Only Version
Heidi Hepler "Why the Opposum has a Pouch" Text-Only Version
Mallery A. Bee "Love and Loss: The Way the World Turns" Text-Only Version
Hannah Kathryn Cohen "Girls Don't Wear Dog Tags" Text-Only Version
Celia Kessler "Paper" Text-Only Version
Ryan Klooster "Ice" Text-Only Version

Emily Lancaster "Nukasāna" Text-Only Version
Zoe Lubetkin "Jumping For the Young and Rash" Text-Only Version
Celeste Pan "Perfekte Fehl" Text-Only Version
Bridget Roberts "Snowman for Sam" Text-Only Version
Emma Roth "Jailbird" Text-Only Version
Lydia Stevens "Just a Few Folds" Text-Only Version
Christopher Zou"Gentlemen Love Money" Text-Only Version

9-10th Grade:

Aleyah Austin "Lonely Landscapes" Text-Only Version
Kate Cohee "Can I Climb Them?" Text-Only Version
Sarah DeMont "With Clouds Above Me" Text-Only Version
Catherine Garton "When I Fall" Text-Only Version
Jackson Hassell "The Daedalus Network" Text-Only Version

Maariya Mahmood "A Sightless World" Text-Only Version
Emerald Norman "Lumina" Text-Only Version
Mya Torres "The House of Horrors" Text-Only Version
Kelsey Towne "Aspartame" Text-Only Version
Avis Zane "Saint Simone Against the Fear"

11-12th Grade:

Hanel Baveja "Kelani"
Annie Gao "The Baby Maker"
Katherine Hernandez "Ammunition" Text-Only Version
Katheryne Johnston "The Last Piece"
Lydia Kibler Evans "The Bird Girl" Text-Only Version

Eveline Liu "a lonely hunter" Text-Only Version
Jacqueline Ose "Under the City" Text-Only Version
Ben Ratner "A Different Woman" Text-Only Version
Ellen Sauer "Recapitulation" Text-Only Version
Nina Shallman "At the Pond"

2013 "It's All Write!" Short Story Contest

Around 335 teen writers turned in stories for the 2013 "It's All Write!" short story writing contest. Click on the titles below to read the stories. You can also read the entire 2013 "It's All Write!" Book. Below is a list of the 2013 winners (and past winners) from the It's All Write! contest, including a list of the 2013 finalists. Read all other submissions that the AADL received here.

Middle School Winners:

1st Cynthia Jia "The Soles of Our Shoes" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Sofia Kwok "Beach Glass" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Mary Collins "The Invasion of Lizzy Burnell" PDF Text-Only Version

High School 9th/10th Grade Winners:

1st Marie Martelli "The Gourd Tree"  
2nd Milo Davidson "The Prisoner's Dilemma" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Steven Schulte "Sunstep" PDF Text-Only Version

High School 11th/12th Grade Winners:

1st Allison Light "Going Once" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Josie Benson "Buoyancy" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Leah Awkward-Rich "Breach" PDF Text-Only Version

 

2013 Finalists in three grade categories:

Middle School:

 

Amy Daley "Summers at Lily Manor" Text-Only Version
Ian Gates "Collage of the Mask" Text-Only Version
Catherine Garton "Glazed Over" Text-Only Version
Julia Graham "A Dark Cloud Around the Moon" Text-Only Version
Elise Hoffman "Freedom" Text-Only Version
Ellie Howell "Breaking Ice" Text-Only Version
Tanvi Jaikamal "Friends" Text-Only Version
Delace Jia "The Contest" Text-Only Version
Zane Jones ”Misled” Text-Only Version
Nicole Knauer ”Bittersweet Notes” Text-Only Version
Miranda McCarthy ”Philosophy of Stars” Text-Only Version
James Read ”Terrible Top” Text-Only Version
Erika Smith ”The Assassin” Text-Only Version
Carson Snyder ”Unknown Love” Text-Only Version
Zoe Stephan ”Letters to Julia” Text-Only Version
Mary Xu ”Fairy Tale” Text-Only Version
Hannah Zonnevylle ”The Rapid Escalation of Tragedy” Text-Only Version

High School 9th/10th Grade:

Elise Blaauw ”An Empty Hanger” Text-Only Version
Cody Caplette ”The Feeling” Text-Only Version
Woojung Jo ”Choose Your Own Fortune" Text-Only Version
Sarah Elizabeth Kimsey ”With Possible Side Effects" Text-Only Version
Sharon Lee "Citizen Lydia Harrow"
Tashi Stewart ”The Dead Sisterhood" Text-Only Version
Waleed Vaid ”With Every Hardship Comes Ease" Text-Only Version
Catherine Valdez ”Colony Collapse Syndrome" Text-Only Version
Katherine Weber ”The Little Things" Text-Only Version

High School 11th/12th Grade:

Hanel Baveja "Ambassadors of Nostalgia"
Matt Chervin ”Amidst the Lilies" Text-Only Version
Rishindra Chinta ”Shrimposium"
Mari Cohen ”Ringtones and Reasons" Text-Only Version
Alexa Derman ”On Atticus" Text-Only Version
Megan Estey”One Million Realities" Text-Only Version
Maeher Grewal ”Where the Moon Does Not Rise in Argentina" Text-Only Version
Yoojin Hahn ”But Howard is Not a Character" Text-Only Version
Christian Koch ”Different World, Same Story" Text-Only Version
Kate Lipman ”Eden's Forest" Text-Only Version
Thomas Morin ”Chalk" Text-Only Version Madeline Woods ”The Great Appliance Rebellion" Text-Only Version

2012 "It's All Write!" Short Story Contest

Around 350 teen writers turned in stories for the 2012 "It's All Write!" short story writing contest. Click on the titles below to read the stories or get the entire [2012 "It's All Write!" Book].

Middle School Winners:

1st Elise Blaauw "Expressionless" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
2nd Sarah Kopacz "Like Summer Rain" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
3rd Kristen Hayden "Shades" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]

High School 9th/10th Grade Winners:

1st Hannah Blaaux "The Glass Cage" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
2nd Leon Pescador "When the Sky Falls" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
3rd Madeline Woods "The Rapid Evolution from Dumpee to Dumper" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]

High School 11th/12th Grade Winners:

1st Madeleine Bradford "Everything but Wings" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
2nd Josie Benson "Black Walnut" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]
3rd Vanessa Decker "Sadie's Eyes" [PDF] [Text-Only Version]

 

2012 finalists in the three grade categories:

Middle School:

 

Ted Beeson [”The Tale of Sir John”] [Text-Only Version]
Charles Berofsky [“The God of the Arts”] [Text-Only Version]
Elise Blaauw ["Expresionless”] [Text-Only Version]
Kristen Hayden ["Shades”] [Text-Only Version]
Owen Hughes ["Stranger’s Tea”] [Text-Only Version]
Cynthia Jia ["The Cottage”] [Text-Only Version]
Eli Kirshner ["A Foreign Port”] [Text-Only Version]
Michael Kivel ["Phoenix”] [Text-Only Version ]
Sarah Kopacz ["Like Summer Rain”] [Text-Only Version]
Sofia Kwok ["The Flower Girl"] [Text-Only Version]
Katie Mina Lee ["Wishes, Wishes, Wishes"] [Text-Only Version]
Vivie Li ["Finding Me"] [Text-Only Version]
Steven O’Brien ["The Corrupt A. I."] [Text-Only Version]
Madline O’Connor ["Indifferent Doom"] [Text-Only Version]
Samuel Elijah Parkhurst ["The Battle of Shatizu Castle"] [Text-Only Version]
Isabel Ratner ["Believe”] [Text-Only Version]
Laurel Spaccarelli ["The Strange Lady"] [Text-Only Version]
Meghan Sullivan ["Dear Louis”] [Text-Only Version ]
Emily Tyner ["The Trap Door in the Stage”] [Text-Only Version ]
Matthew H. Ward ["The Desert”] [Text-Only Version]
Kassidy Zimmer ["The Hive”] [Text-Only Version]

High School 9th/10th Grade:

Rebekah Barfield ["Justice Among the Pines"] [Text-Only Version]
Helen Blaauw ["The Glass Cage"] [Text-Only Version]
Emily Clark ["The Color Red"] [Text-Only Version]
Rebekah E. Cline ["Secrets of the Greatest Age"] [Text-Only Version]
Meaghan Haling ["Lucky Archer" ] [Text-Only Version]
Mary Hasty ["Thesus"] [Text-Only Version]
Maria Meier ["Stolen by the Wind"] [Text-Only Version]
Leon Pescador ["When the Sky Falls"] [Text-Only Version]
Dana Shin ["Bits and Pieces" ] [Text-Only Version]
Wendy Weston ["Beloved"] [Text-Only Version]
Madeline Woods ["The Rapid Evolution from Dumpee to Dumper"] [Text-Only Version]
Vincent Zahm [“Invincible”] [Text-Only Version]
Sherry Zhang ["Ensnared Within the Binding Phantasm"] [Text-Only Version]

High School 11th/12th Grade:

Elizabeth Ballou ["Caedmon’s Hymn"] [Text-Only Version]
Josie Benson ["Black Walnut"] [Text-Only Version]
Michael Bloniarz ["Grand Central Station"] [Text-Only Version]
Madeleine Bradford "Everything but Wings" ["Everything but Wings"] [Text-Only Version]
Sarah Chavey ["Montana"] [Text-Only Version]
Lauren Childs ["Hello Again"] [Text-Only Version]
Rishindra Chinta "ETA: 2:30 PM"
Vanessa Decker [ "Sadie’s Eyes"] [Text-Only Version]
Margaret Abigail Flowers ["Roy’s Round Top Saloon and Dance Hall"] [Text-Only Version]
Ashwin Fujii ["Kai and the Sea"] [Text-Only Version]
Ioana Grosu ["Lovers in July"] [Text-Only Version]
Alyssa Holmes ["Custody"] [Text-Only Version]
Susan LaMoreaux ["Sewing up the Seams"] [Text-Only Version]
Clare Nowak ["Jack of Many Suits"] [Text-Only Version]
Hannah Pham ["Comb-overs and Other Rituals"] [Text-Only Version]
Rhiana Simon ["Cooing of the Mourning Dove"] [Text-Only Version]
Danielle Rini ["Capital Vices"] [Text-Only Version]
Jacob Thackston ["1985"] [Text-Only Version]