Introducing Judge #3 for the Teen Short Story Writing Contest

Acclaimed novelist for both teens and adults, Beth Kephart currently teaches an advanced nonfiction workshop at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the winner of numerous grants, and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize, among other honors. Kephart’s essays are frequently anthologized, and she has judged numerous competitions. Undercover and House of Dance were both named a best of the year by Kirkus and Bank Street. Nothing But Ghosts, A Heart is Not a Size and Dangerous Neighbors, were also critically acclaimed. Most recently, You Are My Only, tells the gripping stories of Emmy and Sophie, in alternating narratives, ‘of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained.’

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 will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012. For guidelines to the contest, click here. Send your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
Good Luck! The deadline is March 16th.

Introducing Judge #2 for the Teen Short Story Writing Contest

Judith Ortiz Cofer, is a critically acclaimed and widely published poet, novelist, and essayist. Her latest book, If I Could Fly, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Doris, her mother, a professional singer, returns to Puerto Rico and her father finds a girlfriend. Doris cares for a neighbor's pigeons and relies on friends as she begins to find her own voice and wings. Judith writes extensively about the experience of being Puerto Rican and her identity as a woman and writer in the U.S. An Island Like You Stories from the Barrio tells of twelve interconnected stories set in a New Jersey barrio. Currently she is teaching literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia.

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 will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012. For guidelines to the contest, click here. Send your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
Good Luck! The deadline is March 16th.

Introducing Judge #1 for Teen Short Story Writing Contest

Rita Williams-Garcia’s work has been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Award Committee, PEN Norma Klein, American Library Association, and Parents’ Choice, among others. She recently served on the National Book Award Committee for Young People’s Literature and is on faculty at Vermont College MFA Writing for Children and Young People.
Winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award AND the Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer is the story of three girls from Brooklyn who head out to California to stay with their mother, a poet, who ran off years before; the year is 1968.

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 will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012. For guidelines to the contest, click here. Send your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
Good Luck! The deadline is March 16th.

Teen Short Story Contest - March 16th Last Day for Submissions

You still have time to put the finishing touches on your SHORT STORY. The deadline for turning in stories is March 16, Friday. Submit to: allwrite@aadl.org

Prizes are awarded for 1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($150), and 3rd Place ($100) in three different grade categories of 6-7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Check here for complete guidelines.

You will receive an email verifying that we have received your story, and then the process begins of screening the stories and having the final judges select the winners. All stories are judged anonymously and finalists will be notified. Winners will be announced at an Awards Program on Saturday, May 12, from 1:30 - 3 pm. Caitlin Horrocks a winner of the 1997 short story contest, will be speaking and signing copies of This Is Not Your City her first collection of published stories.

You can check here to see some of the previous winning stories.
Good Luck!

Teen Short Story Writing Contest-It's All Write!

The Teen Short Story Contest officially begins today and runs through March 16, 2012.
You’ll have seven weeks to perfect that short story you’ve had this idea for, but just have never finished. Guidelines are easy to follow and when you’re ready, just send your story to allwrite@aadl.org
AADL’s short story writing contest just hit it’s 20 year.
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, featuring author Caitlin Horrocks, a winner of the 1997 short story contest, will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Downtown Library.
‘It’s All Write!” is cosponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library and AADL.
Good Luck!

'Letters About Literature' Contest

What is this contest all about? Well, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with state centers for the book and in partnership with Target Stores, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.
To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic--explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.
There are three competition levels:
Level I for children in grades 4 through 6;
Level II for grades 7 and 8,
Level III, grades 9 - 12.
Click here for the Entry Form. The contest deadline is Friday, January 6, 2012, so take the writing challenge. Read here some of the winning letters from 2011. Good Luck!

Letters About Literature Contest Guidelines

What is Letters About Literature? It's an annual program from the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores. Level I, II and III state winners receive a $50 Target gift card and can direct a $300 grant for children and youth materials to the community library of their choice. Finalists receive a $20 gift card to Schulers Books & Music from the Michigan Center for the Book.
This national reading-writing contest invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives. This program gives students the opportunity to reflect deeply on a book.
Life changing for me? Possibly, Chris Crutcher, Robert Cormier, or Walter Dean Myers.
You can find more information, including last year's winning letters here.

6th Annual LEGO Contest Winners!

If you missed this year's 6th Annual LEGO contest held at Weber's Inn last night you missed the highlight of some Ann Arborites' year! Breaking all previous records this year's contest was the biggest ever with 206 entries in 6 categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Adult. And about 600 people attended the awards ceremony last night too! Thanks to all of this year's participants and we look forward to seeing you next year. Sometime soon there will be photographs of every winner's LEGO project linked here and permanently found on our contest page. Without further ado, the winners (after the jump).

Teen Graffiti Art On Display

Remember to check out the Teen Graffiti panels on display at the Downtown Library in the Multi-Purpose Room and also on the third floor. See the artwork of the thirty artists (including the three winners!) who came out during the Art Fair to express themselves in graffiti art. Panels will be on display until Tuesday, August 30 - including this rose from one of the winning artists!

9th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest - Updated!

We'll be painting on Masonite board in the staff lot (off of Williams) at the Downtown library this Friday, July 22, 11 AM - 1 PM. We'll supply paint, the boards, easels and cold water; you provide the creativity. All art work will be in a summer exhibit at the Downtown Library from July 26 - August 30. Three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies ($75, $50 and $25). Grades 6-12. Local artist Joanie Newberry will be our Judge this year.

Check out the winners from previous years.

Thirty artists showed up on a hot day to express themselves and turned out fine pieces of art that will be on display at the downtown library until Tuesday, August 31st. All paintings will be in the Multi-Purpose Room and also on display on the third floor.

1st Place - 'Ocean Sunset' - artist Drew Hirzel
2nd Place - 'Untitled' - artist Lillian Xie
3rd Place - 'Rose' - artist Deanna Shih
Honorable Mention - 'Heart on Fire' - artist Popi Vorias
Honorable Mention - 'Thinking 4 Art' - Grace Tanvi

Our Judge this year is Joanie Newberry local visual artist and the top three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies from Michigan Book and Supply, ($75,$50 and $25)

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