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Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

The winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.   Author Kristina Riggle, a Kentwood Native, will give the keynote address. Riggle will also write the forward to the 2014 Write Michigan Anthology of winning stories, which will be published by Schuler Books & Music and sold by Chapbook Press for $14.95

For more information, visit www.writemichigan.org.