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, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice, Judges' Choice and Judges' Runner-Up. We also have a category for Spanish-language stories from kids age 11 and younger. 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?
In the past, we've had an all-ages Spanish-language category. This presented a challenge to reviewers and judges due to the wide age range of authors. So this year, we're piloting a Spanish-language Youth category for kids ages 11 and younger. We hope to be able to add Spanish-language categories for teens and adults in the future.
In addition, judges will award one writer a slot in Johnathan Rand's 2021 Author Quest writing camp for kids ages 10-13.
September 1 – Noon, November 30, 2020
December 2, 2020 – January 6, 2021
January 11, 2021
Public Voting Online / Judges’ Review
January 11-31, 2021
February 4, 2021
Awards Ceremony, Anthology Sale & Book Signing
March 13, 2021