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

Do you like to write? Do you have an idea that needs to get out of your head, or something already written that could use some editing? Then prepare for the 22nd annual "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest, which will begin accepting submissions on January 27!

Students in grades 6-12 may submit a short story according to the 2014 guidelines from Monday, January 27 through Friday, March 14. Click here to learn more about the contest and view previous contest winners. Judges will choose the top three stories from each category (grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12) to receive cash prizes totaling $1500. Stay tuned to find out who will be on this year's panel of judges!

The speaker for this year's final awards ceremony on May 10 will be Michigan author K.A. Barson! She recently published the popular book, "45 Pounds (More or Less)."

We look forward to reading your story! For inspiration and ideas, check out the writing resources guide for teens.

Letters about Literature National Contest

Have you ever read a book that changed you or your outlook on life? Do you ever wish that you could tell the author of that book how much they influenced you? The Library of Michigan has just announced that it is taking submissions for the statewide and national Letters about Literature contest for grades 4 through 12. Readers should write a letter to a favorite author explaining how a book changed them.

The Library of Michigan will be accepting submissions until December 10 for grades 9-12, and January 10 for grades 4-8.

To submit your letter, you will need to attach a Literature Entry Coupon, found here on the Library of Michigan website.

Want some inspiration? Check out the award-winning letters from last year’s contest and AADL's books for kids on writing.

Happy Summer! It's time for the 8th Annual LEGO Contest!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 8, 2013! Preschoolers, Kids, Teens & Adults are all invited to enter this year's LEGO contest. The top winners receive custom made LEGO Trophies, medals and Target GIft Cards. Like in 2012 the contest will be at the Kensington Court Hotel (@ Briarwood Mall). Everyone is invited to come and view the entries between 6:00-8:00PM. For all the details and full guidelines for participants see the 2013 LEGO Contest Guidelines. If you're planning to enter and have your eyes on the prize here's a tip: look closely at the photos of projects that have won in past years - what did they do that caught the judge's eye? Good luck!

Winners of the 2013 AADL Short Story Wrting Contest for Grades 3-5!

Writers were recognized for their creativity and encouraged to keep writing at a packed house 'Awards Celebration',
with plenty of wit and enthusiasm from guest author, Shutta Crum.

99 submissions were received this year, our first year for Grades 3-5, with stories coming in from 20 different schools,
including home schooled writers.

Click here for writing resources for grades K-5.

Congratulations to the winners in each grade:
5th Grade: 1st Place - Pastel's Journey by Ashlee Freeman
2nd Place - The Boulder Block by Krishna Davis
3rd Place - Sallie Sweetwater and the Nebraska Disaster by Jenna Allman

4th Grade: 1st Place - A Weird Day at the Science Museum by Arjun Purohit
2nd Place - Winston and His Ears by Abby Dobson
3rd Place - Blueberry Girl by Anabellee Jones

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

We hope all of you continue to write many, many more stories!

Winners of the 2013 AADL Teen Short Story Contest!

47 Finalists were honored on Saturday, May 11, from a pool of 335 submissions for this year's 21st Annual Teen Short Story Writing Contest.

A. S. King spoke to a packed house of teen writers, their families and friends. She delivered a motivational speech, sharing stories of her path as a writer, full of inspiration and wit.
Click here to see the slate of award winning judges.

Below are the top nine winners in each off the three grade categories:

Middle School:
1st Place - 'The Soles of Our Shoes' by Cynthia Jia
2nd Place - 'Beach Glass' by Sofia Kwok
3rd Place - 'The Invasion of Lizzy Burnell' by Mary Collins

High School 9th/10th:
1st Place - 'The Gourd Tree' by Marie Martelli
2nd Place - 'Prisoner's Dilemma' by Milo Davidson
3rd Place - 'Sunstep' by Steven Schulte

High School 11th/12th:
1st Place - 'Going Once' by Allison Light
2nd Place - 'Buoyancy' by Josie Benson
3rd Place - 'Breach' by Leah Awkward-Rich

Congratulations to all the writers, and we hope you continue to write many stories!

Introducing Judge #9 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Don Gallo

Editor Donald R. Gallo is a recipient of the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature and the editor of several short story anthologies for teens, including the highly praised DESTINATION UNEXPECTED. The American Library Association includes his anthology SIXTEEN:Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults among the 100 Best Books for Young Adults.

A former junior high school teacher and university professor of English, Don Gallo currently spends his time as an editor, author, workshop presenter,
and interviewer of famous authors.

Don Gallo is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 11 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the
winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #10 Teen Short Story Writing Contest 2013 - Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the author of teen novels, with most recently See You at Harry's c2012 and Pearl c2011.
She recently received the Crystal Kite Award for her book, Pearl, and prior to that was the recipient of the 2005 Pen Literary Award.
Currently she lives in Vermont.

Check here for resources for writers she has
listed on her website.

Jo Knowles is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 11 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School)
and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #8 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children, including Extra Yarn, which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels.

Mac serves on the board of directors for the 826LA, which you might recognize since we have one of these non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting students ages 6–18 with their creative and expository writing skills in Ann Arbor. Several volunteers from Ann Arbor's 826michigan screened stories for this year's contest.

Mac Barnett is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 11 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with http://www.as-king.com/|A. S. King] as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #11 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Frances O'Roark Dowell

Frances O'Roark Dowell has published 11 books for teens and middle-grades fiction. She started with
Dovey Coe in 2000 which promptly won the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the William Allen White Children's Book Award.

In addition to the Edgar prize and William White award, her books have received other numerous awards, including the Christopher Award (Shooting the Moon),
the Voya Book Award (Where I’d Like to Be), and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Fiction, Honor Book (Shooting the Moon).

Frances says she writes from around 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays and has said she finds writing first drafts challenging and enjoys revising.

Frances is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 11 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School)
and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, 2 - 3:30 pm, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #7 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lara Zielin

Lara Zielin's newest teen novel is Waiting Sky and tells the story of Jane McAllister, who decides to switch things up one summer and joins her brother chasing tornadoes, which gives her a fresh perspective, new options,and her first real romance. Lara is also the author of Donut Days a Texas Lone Star Reading List pick. Lara says "when I'm not reading or writing, you can find me running or working at the University of Michigan. Or obsessing about the Florida Keys, a place I love very much."

Ms. Zielin is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 11 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

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