Teen Short Story Contest in Its 21st Year!

The Teen Short Story Contest has come of age, in this its 21st year! 'It's All Write!" cosponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library and AADL is a contest open to middle and high school writers in grades 6 - 12, with submissions being accepted starting January 28, and running through March 15, 2013.

You’ll have seven weeks to perfect that short story, and guidelines are easy to follow. When you’re ready, just send your story to allwrite@aadl.org

You can read previous winning stories here or check out writing resources that might be helpful.

1st Place Winners receive ($250), 2nd Place ($150) and 3rd Place ($100) in these three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12

A panel of published authors will judge the stories. The Awards Ceremony, this year featuring award winning author A.S King, will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Downtown Library.

Good Luck!

The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

Check this out! Starting on October 15 and ending with the final deadline on December 15, 2012, a writing contest is open to students who are enrolled in grades 8-11 during the 2012-13 academic year. There is no entry fee and all entries can be submitted online. For complete details or to submit an entry, visit the contest page on the Interlochen website.

The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition bears the name of a philanthropist and longtime Interlochen supporter. Ball attended Interlochen Arts Camp in 1941 and later served on the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees. She passed away in 2003. A 2007 commitment from the Edmund E. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation endowed this biennial creative writing competition that provides substantial scholarship support for a creative writing major who demonstrates great potential.

The winner of the competition will receive up to $30,000 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major and their work will be included in the 2014 Interlochen Review.

Ann Arbor District Library sponsors it's own writing contest, an annual short story writing contest which this upcoming year begins in January 2013.

Write Michigan! -- Statewide Short Story Contest

Short story writers, grab your laptops for the first annual Write Michigan Contest
presented by Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music.

Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice and Judges' Choice.
Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press in both print and eBook format.

Entries accepted September 4 – November 30, 2012

One story per author
Maximum story length: 3000 words
Entry fee: $10.00 for 18 and older
(free for 17 and younger)
Contest open to Michigan residents only
See complete contest guidelines

The Write Michigan Contest has an entry deadline of November 30, 2012.
Winners will be announced by the first of February and celebrated on March 19, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

A great opportunity for aspiring writers!

Have You Read a Good Short Story Lately?

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For twenty years the AADL has sponsored an annual Short Story Contest often refereed to as It's All Write! A challenge to judge, but a pleasure to read, these stories are selected first as Finalists, then as Winners by authors, who amongst them have won many awards from the Printz to the Hopwood. This year's stories can be found here.

In addition to local teen writers' stories, here's a list of Teen Short Story Collections from your library's collection, along with publications from 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Interspersed with reading great short stories is writing some too, and here's a couple titles that could help, Writing To Describe and 1001 Writing Projects for Students.

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." Ursula K Le Guin

7th Annual LEGO Contest Winners!

As always one of the most anticipated events of the year did not disappoint! We were in a new location this year and the competition was as stiff as it always is. Our judges this year were AADL Associate Director of IT & Production, Eli Neiburger, Comics Are Great Podcaster and Kids Read Comics founder, Jerzy Drozd and local artist, Jeremy Wheeler. It takes a full three hours for the judges to pour over the 200 or so entries, but they had a blast doing it and made their decisions. NEW this year were the PEOPLE's CHOICE awards! Anyone who attended the contest and saw the entrires from 6-7:30 were invited to vote for their favorite within each of the six age categories. Congratulations to the 2012 winners! We will have photos loaded soon as well.


1st Place = Milo Varnum
Runner-Up = Iggy Reem
Honorable Mention = Emma Khu
People's Choice = Milo Varnum
Best Motorized = Alexander Smith
Best Architectural/Engineering = Kevin Chu
Coolest Robot = Kaiden Davis
Best Vehicle = Dominic Nazario
Most Creative = William Epps
Most Sophisticated = Theo Sacks-Thomas
AADL LEGO Master Builder = Daniel Mazza
Most Enigmatic = Elijah Davis

Grades K-2

1st Place = Hudhaifah Rehman
Runner-Up = Maxwell Mayman
Honorable Mention = Devayani Pradhan
People's Choice = Micah Davis
Best Motorized = Armann Kamat
Best Architectural/Engineering = Keegan Globke
Coolest Robot = Joseph Bonenberger
Best Vehicle = Ocean Brabbs
Most Creative = Heeryun Kim
Most Sophisticated = Adir Vuppala
AADL LEGO Master Builder = Noah Nieman
Most Magical = Elise Meints

Grades 3-5

1st Place = Betsy Nieman
Runner-Up = Derek Mrachko
Honorable Mention = Anisha Fujii
People's Choice = Elliot Varnum
Best Motorized = Koen Van Nieuwstadt
Best Architectural/Engineering = Kyan Stevdle
Coolest Robot = Grant Pierfelice
Best Vehicle = Liam Farr
Most Creative = Sofiya Palcyzinski
Most Sophisticated = Alina Mankowski
AADL LEGO Master Builder = Elliot Varnum
Most Delicious = Abby Dobson
Most Sustainable = Aakarsh Verma
Most Career-Advancing = Bach Nguyen

Grades 6-8

1st Place = Leah Fleming
Runner-Up = Celeste Forester
Honorable Mention = Ryan Sauer
People's Choice = Lesh Fleming
Best Motorized = Robby Duquette
Best Architectural/Engineering = Justin Nieman
Coolest Robot = Hamza Khan
Best Vehicle = Taras Palczynski
Most Creative = Jeffrey Brooks-Conrad
Most Sophisticated = Kareem El-Tawil
AADL LEGO Master Builder = Casmir Mankowski
Best Flyswatter Based Summer Blockbuster = Peter Johnson
Leafiest Giant = Beatrix Dergis
Best Simulation of Ann Arbor Zombie Apocolypse = Oliver Mayman

Grades 9-12

1st Place = Logan Benton
Runner-Up = Cameron McLaughlin
Honorable Mention = Kevin Tian
People's Choice = Logan Benton
Best Architectural/Engineering = Alianha Porter
Coolest Robot = Alex Morey
Best Vehicle = Luke Thompson-Kolar
Most Creative = Bethany Pletzer
Most Sophisticated = Lee Thompson-Kolar


1st Place = Allen Ano
Runner-Up = Nieka Apell
Honorable Mention = Brian Mickey & Max & Rose Locke
People's Choice = Allen Ano
Best Architectural/Engineering = Sherif El-Tawil
Coolest Robot = Michele Loewe
Most Creative = Richard Mascotto
Most Sophisticated = Joshua Bartell
AADL LEGO Master Builder = David Papp

The LEGO Contest! See all the projects tonight starting @ 6 & vote for YOUR favorite!

One of the most hotly anticipated events of the year is almost upon us! The 7th annual LEGO contest is on Thursday, August 2 at the Kensington 610 Hilton Blvd. at Briarwood Mall behind Sears. The contest is open to all ages from Preschool to Adults! If you plan to enter the contest be sure to read the complete rules and guidelines. Attendees please note that this year there will be a "People's Choice" award in each age group! Drop-off is from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Doors close for judging from 3:00-6:00 pm and doors open for public viewing from 6:00-8:00 PM. The award ceremony is at 8:00 pm.

10th Teen Graffiti Art Contest!

The Graffiti Art Contest has occurred each year during the Ann Arbor Art Fairs since 2003. Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to come down and make a piece of art in the library parking lot using materials provided by the library. All entries are displayed in a month-long exhibit in the library. Link here to see entries from previous years. Latex gloves, paint shirts, paint and boards are provided by the library. Celebrate Art!

Local illustrator and design artist, David Zinn will be judging the art pieces, selecting the top three artists who will receive gift certificates to Michael's Arts & Crafts store. Zinn's artistic style and professional approach are grounded in a desire to communicate concepts clearly, and with a sense of humor. David has created posters, business logos, book illustrations, educational cartoons, museum signage, and t-shirt designs among others. Winners will be announced shortly after 1:00 pm.

Start planning & building your entry for the 7th Annual LEGO Contest!

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If it's summer it's LEGO Contest time! One of our largest and most anticipated events is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, at the Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd., (near Briarwood Mall). Last year we had over 200 entries and we can be sure there will even more this year!. Preschoolers, Kid, Teens and Adults are invited to participate. New this year: PEOPLE'S CHOICE! Attendees of the contest may vote for one project in each age category. People's Choice winners will receive a special LEGO trophy. For all the details read the complete rules and guidelines, and then start building!

Introducing Judge #10 for the Teen Short Story Contest

Ned Vizzini is the author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.. .. He has written for the 'New York Times' 'The Daily Beast' and season 2 of MTV's Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into seven languages and will soon be in Czech. He is the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the forthcoming fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. Forthcoming in the fall of 2012, is a new teen novel, 'The Other Normals.'
It's Kind of a Funny Story published in 2007 was also a major motion picture from Focus Features in 2010.

He is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write Teen short story writing contest. 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 will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012.

Introducing Judge #9 for the Teen Short Story Contest

With a background in cultural anthropology and ESL-teaching, award-winning author Laura Resau has lived and traveled in Latin America and Europe. Her experiences inspired her novels for young people-- What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, Indigo Notebook, Ruby Notebook, Jade Notebook, Star in the Forest, and Queen of Water. She lives with her family in Colorado.

She is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write Teen short story writing contest. 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 were announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012.

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