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"It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

Now Accepting Entries: January 21-March 4!

The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 26th annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Spring 2018! 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.

How to Enter the Contest:

1. Take a look at the Flash Fiction Guidelines and the Short Story Guidelines
2. Write your story! Need some help? Check out this Writing Resource Guide.
3. Send us your work using either the Short Story Submission Form and/or the Flash Fiction Submission Form! Questions about the contest may be directed to allwrite@aadl.org.

Special Writing Sessions!:

February 1, 2018 from 5:00-6:30pm at the Neutral Zone (Upstairs Conference Room). For help crafting your contest entry, stop by the Neutral Zone for a special session of drop-in writing help for participants in the "It's All Write!" contest! The Neutral Zone  is located at 310 E. Washington St. in Downtown Ann Arbor. *Note: If you are in grades 6-8, it is helpful to bring a note with an adult's permission.

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Writing & Publishing

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 9, 2017: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 3 - Adult

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Public Event

2017 AADL COSTUME CONTEST

Sunday October 29, 2017: 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
All Ages

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Public Event

"It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest Final Celebration!

Sunday June 12, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Writing & Publishing

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 17, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 3 - Adult

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Public Event

"Write On!" 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest Begins!

Monday February 9, 2015: 12:00am to 11:55pm
"Write On!" 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest Begins!

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"It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest Final Celebration!

Sunday June 7, 2015: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Adults And Teens Grade 6 And Up.

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Writing & Publishing

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 19, 2015: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Youth (Grade 3 And Up) Teens And Adults.

"Write On!" Short Story Contest for Grades 3-5

The annual "Write On!" Short Story Contest for Grades 3-5 accepts story entries each spring (dates are included in each year's guidelines). All writers, their friends, and families are invited to a Final Celebration, featuring a published children's author, once the contest ends. The top three writers in each grade will receive an award and each writer will receive a certificate of participation. Last year the contest received over 100 submissions from Ann Arbor and beyond!

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST
1. Check out the CONTEST GUIDELINES!
2. Write your story! (Need some help? Here are some WRITING RESOURCES.)
3. Email your story to youngwrite@aadl.org or bring a paper copy to the Youth Desk Downtown
4. Attend the Story Celebration once the contest is done to eat some snacks, meet other kids, and hear our featured guest speaker- a published children's author!
Questions about the contest may be directed to Kayla at youngwrite@aadl.org or to the Youth desk: 734-327-8301.


2017 "Write On!" Short Story Contest

Thank you to all of the writers who participated in the 2017 "Write On!" Contest! Read the winning stories below or read all of the stories from 2017.

3rd Grade Winners:

1st Hajime Yamazaki "Hess and Chopsticks" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Livnat Brody "White and Lilac'" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Ashley Han "The Rise of Banana Cream Pie" PDF Text-Only Version

4th Grade Winners:

1st Tove Vivekanand "Nia’s Pride" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Abby Re "The Arix Dimension" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Kate Castrogiovanni "Traplandia" PDF Text-Only Version

5th Grade Winners:

1st Tai Karir "The Robot Arm" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Katerina Selene Freudenberg "Eleven" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Emerson Wernimont "Amazing" PDF Text-Only Version


2016 "Write On!" Short Story Contest

The 2016 "Write On!" Contest received 104 submissions from Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti, and beyond! Read the winning stories below, or read all of the stories from 2016.

3rd Grade Winners:
1st Maddie Gaines "Building an Adventure" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Raymond T. Kangas, Jr. "Benjamin Franklin 'in the Future!'" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Lila Jomaa "The Stowaway" PDF Text-Only Version

4th Grade Winners:

1st Selene Freudenberg "The Moon Greater than Every Other" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Rachel E. Perlman "Elca Padme John" PDF
3rd Anita Gaenko "Bells" PDF Text-Only Version

5th Grade Winners:

1st Haley Switzer "The Locked Waterfall" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Aspen Fields "The Last Sunwealder" PDF
3rd Rita Ionides "The Magical Kingdom of Mathematica" PDF Text-Only Version


2015 "Write On!" Short Story Contest

The 2015 "Write On!" Contest received a record number of 138 submissions! Below are the 2015 winning stories.

3rd Grade Winners:

1st Yotam Chopra "The Kids Who Saved the World" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Graham Baker "Sam the Talented Dolphin" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Selene Freudenberg "How Hairy Pot Er Met Innygay Easlyway" PDF Text-Only Version

4th Grade Winners:

1st Elijah Hatcher-Kay "Lost and Found" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Finnian Cook "Believe" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Caroline Robinson "Going Through Time" PDF Text-Only Version

5th Grade Winners:

1st Camille Hu "The Girl"
2nd Fionnuala MacKercher "Grey" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Madeleine Rodgers "Nelson and Ariana's Nako Odyssey" PDF Text-Only Version


2014 Short Story Challenge

Around 100 young writers turned in stories for the 2014 3-5th Grade Short Story Challenge! Below is a list of the 2014 winners. To read all entries of the 2014 contest, click here.

3rd Grade Winners:

1st Kaden Thornton "The Magical Book" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Eliza Ann Van Ee "Save the Slaves!" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Emma Li "Dragon Friends!" PDF Text-Only Version

4th Grade Winners:

1st Georgie Branch "Pop" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Karinne Tennenbaum "One Thought after Another" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Fionnuala MacKercher "The White Wolf" PDF Text-Only Version

5th Grade Winners:

1st Marisa Redding "The Meadow Song" PDF Text-Only Version
2nd Makayla Harris "Hutch McLaw: The Case of the Sparkling Torch" PDF Text-Only Version
3rd Rachel Amanda Eglinton "The Impossible" PDF Text- Only Version


2013 Short Story Writing Contest

Around 100 young writers turned in stories for the 2013 Short Story Writing Contest! Below is a list of the 2013 winners.

3rd Grade Winners:

1st Emma Crownover "My Secret"
2nd Alma Moga "The Story of the Talking Hamster"
3rd Mohammed Hamoud "Allians-A True Story"

4th Grade Winners:

1st Arjun Purohit "A Weird Day at the Science Museum"
2nd Abby Dobson "Winston and His Ears"
3rd Anabellee Jones "Blueberry Girl"

5th Grade Winners:

1st Ashlee Freeman "Pastel's Journey"
2nd Krishna Davis "The Boulder Block"
3rd Jenna Allman "Sallie Sweetwater and the Nebraska Disaster"


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Letters About Literature Contest

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 7:30pm

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Has one book — or maybe one author — inspired you to change your view of yourself or your world? If so, we encourage you to enter this year’s [http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/home|Letters About Literature] writing competition. All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work affected you. If it was me, I might write to [a:Judith Ortiz Cofer], [a:Gary D. Schmidt], or [a:Brian Selznick].
[http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/how_to_enter|Letters About Literature] is a national reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target and affiliate state centers for the book.
Click [http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/winning_letters/winning_letters_from_past_competitions|here] to read letters from past competitions.
Grades 4 - 12. The deadline for submitting a letter is January 6th, 2012.