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.

Introducing Judge #6 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Justina Chen

Justina is an award-winning novelist for young adults, with her most recent book, Return to Me, called an "uplifting story" by Publishers Weekly.

North of Beautiful was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and was given a starred review from Booklist. It tells the story of Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggling with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

In addition, she co-founded readergirlz a cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, which won the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. She lives in Washington with her two children, and you can visit her online at justinachenheadley.com.

Justina Chen 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.

Short Story Celebration for Grades 3-5 with Guest Speaker Shutta Crum - Monday, June 3

Shutta Crum writes books for kids and poetry for adults. She is also our guest speaker at the upcoming Short Story Celebration to honor all kids in Grades 3-5 who submitted a story for this year's debut short story contest. Shutta is also a storyteller, an energetic and humorous public speaker, and a librarian. In addition to her current twelve published books she has three more coming soon.

100 stories were turned in for this contest and all those 100 writers are invited to join in celebrating writing on Monday, June 3, at the Downtown library's multi-purpose room from 7-8pm. All writers will receive a certificate of participation and the top three writers from each grade will be announced.

If you are inspired to try your hand at writing a story, check here for some great writing resources for grades K-5.

"Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing . . . the rest will follow." Jane Yolen

Author A. S. King Discusses Her Work And Announces The Winners Of The 2013 Teen Short Story Contest

21 Years celebrating teen writers, with this year's contest bringing in 335 submissions, is a lot to celebrate. The Awards Ceremony, where Finalists are honored and winners are announced will take place on May 11, Saturday, from 2 - 3:30pm at the downtown library. Speaking to the teens and their families is award winning A. S. King whose book, Ask the Passengers just won the 2012 L.A. Times Book Prize.

One of my favorites is Everybody Sees the Ants, which was an Andre Norton Award finalist, a Cybils finalist, and a 2012 YALSA Top Ten book for young adults. Her 2010 YA novel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her interests are varied with experiences in farming, photography, and teaching adult literary, to name a few.
Reality Boy is due in Fall 2013 as well as two anthologies.

All finalists have been notified and the top three winners will receive $250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd Place, and $100 for 3rd Place in three grade categories. All finalists will receive certificates honoring their achievements. Stories were judged by an impressive team of authors for teens.

We applaud all the teen writers for their creativity and talent!

May 6th, Last Day to Submit Stories - Grades 3-5 Short Story Contest

The deadline for submitting stories to the short story contest for Grades 3-5 is May 6th, so you still have time to put the finishing touches
on your story and submit to youngwrite@aadl.org or hand in your story to the Downtown Library (343 S. Fifth Avenue) Youth Desk.
Click here for the guidelines.

The top three winners will be chosen from each grade and every writer will receive a certificate of participation.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on Monday, June 3, 7-8 pm with guest author Shutta Crum.

"Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing . . . the rest will follow." Jane Yolen

Introducing Judge #5 Teen Short Story Contest - Sharon G. Flake

Sharon Flake's newest book, Pinned so far has received starred reviews in PW, Horn Book, and Kirkus. Told in alternating chapters, the reader gets to know Autumn and Adonis and watch them tackling their disabilities and learning to trust.
Sharon won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel Skin I'm In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner.

She gives credit of her storytelling gifts to her parents and older relatives. Music is a constant companion and currently, Ms. Flake lives and writes in Pittsburgh.

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

A 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 #4 Teen Short Story Contest - Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth's lastest novel, Code Name Verity has received widespread critical acclaim. It is shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal; it is a Michael Printz Award Honor Book, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Honor Book, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book. It is also a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction.
A previous book, The Lion Hunter (2007) was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2008. Elizabeth also writes short stories.

Ms. Wein went to school at Yale University, currently lives in Scotland, and has her pilot's license, which sparked the interest for the book, 'Code Name Verity' and her new novel,
'Rose Under Fire' a second gripping story set during WWII.

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

A 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 #3 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Steve Amick

Steve Amick has published two novels with Random House, The Lake, the River & the Other Lake (a Washington Post Book of the Year, 2005), and Nothing But a Smile (2009). Both were Michigan Notable Books. His shorter work has appeared in places like McSweeney’s, Playboy, Story, Southern Review, Five Chapters, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times, and NPR; he’s had plays produced in Chicago and has taught in the MFA writing workshop at Northwestern. He has a Clio and other advertising awards and a CD of original songs. Steve was born and raised in Ann Arbor and lives here now with his wife, Sharyl, a media specialist in the schools, and his son, Huck, a longhaired kindergartner.

Steve Amick 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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