Write Michigan is an event series held by Kent District Library, located in Kent County, Michigan, that is dedicated to nurturing and promoting local literary talent.
Our best-known event is the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, an annual statewide competition that began in 2012 and is open to all ages. We also offer a poetry contest for Kent County teens and a free, biannual writers conference.
Short Story Contest
Writers of all ages can enter in English or Spanish, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice, Judges' Choice and Judges' Runner-Up. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
- One short story per author
- Maximum story length: 3,000 words
- Entry fee: $10 for ages 18 and older (free for ages 17 and younger)
- Contest open to Michigan residents only
- Complete contest guidelines available in English and en Español
What's new this year?
Last year, as well as in years past, winners received $250 and runners-up, $100.
This year, winners can expect to pocket $500 and runners-up, $250.
September 1 – Noon* November 30, 2019
*Please note this is a change from past years, when entries were due at the end of the day. Entries are due by noon this year.
December 2, 2019 – January 6, 2020
January 10, 2020
Public Voting Online / Judges’ Review
January 10-31, 2020
February 4, 2020
Anthology Layout and Production
February 5 – March 13, 2020
Awards Ceremony, Anthology Sale & Book Signing
March 14, 2020
Update, 3/12/2020: Awards ceremony cancelled