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.

Introducing Judge #2 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lauren Oliver

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver has showcased her talents from middle grade reads, Spindlers and Liesl & Po to a best-selling teen trilogy which starts with Delirium.
Set in a dystopian United States, a government-mandated cure prevents the 'delirium' of love, leading to a safe and predictable life. However, main character Lena finds herself falling in love just weeks before her scheduled 'cure' at age 18. Finishing this trilogy of non-stop action, rebellion, and risk-taking for love is Requiem which was just released in March.

Lauren currently co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit., while also writing wonderful stories pretty much full-time.

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

The panel of 10 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 #1 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Matt de le Pena

Matt de la Pena's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick.

He's also the author of the award winning picture book, A Nations' Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Matt received a MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship.

He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 10 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 our guest speaker.

AADL's Logo Remix Contest Workshop!


It's the debut of AADL's Logo Remix Contest! Make your own video-animated "remix" of the AADL logo and enter it to win prizes! We'll host open workshops in early March with our computers and software available for you to get started building your entry! A few selected animations will be projected above AADL's activity area during the Ann Arbor FoolMoon event. Get the contest guidelines starting Friday, February 22nd at aadl.org or have staff print them out for you.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm and Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Downtown Library, Training Center on the 3rd Floor. The contest entry deadline is Monday, March 25.

Click on the links to get a copy of the AADL logo image file in both PNG and JPEG formats!

Have questions? Call the Downtown Youth Desk, visit our contests page, or send an email to remix@aadl.org! Want to know more about FoolMoon? Go to festifools.org.

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