March 15th Last Day for Teen Short Story Submissions

The deadline for submitting stories to the Teen Short Story Writing Contest is Friday, March 15, so, you still have time to put on those finishing touches and submit to:
Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Prizes are awarded for 1st ($250), 2nd($150), and 3rd($100) place in three categories: Grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. "It's All Write!" is cosponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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. This year the impressive line-up includes, Matt de la Pena, Lauren Oliver, Frances O'Roark Dowell, Steve Amick, Don Gallo, Lara Zielin, and Mac Barnett. All stories are judged anonymously and finalists will be notified by mail.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Program on Saturday, May 11 at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room. Awarding winning author, A. S. King will be announcing the winners and discussing the craft of writing.

Good Luck!


Hello. I would like to enter the contest. I believe i might send my story to you by thursday.

So glad to hear you'll be submitting a story, just make sure you send it to : by midnight on March 15th.
Good Luck!

is the spacing 1.5 or 1.15 because the 1.5 spacing seems a little big

Taken from the guidelines,

"4 to 8 numbered pages, with 1.5 line spacing, and a 12 point font "

This just gives us consistency for true length of the story.

Mostly we don't want single or double spacing. Good Luck, and if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

I read on the contest guidelines that I would receive an email after sending in my story. I sent it in long before midnight on Friday the 15th (yesterday) but never got an email. Should I have received one? I sent it to, copied directly from the guidelines. Thanks!

I would check today. We would have opened up your story attachment in your email on Monday morning, and sent your email response at that time. Thanks for submitting a story and good luck. Let us know if you have any other questions.

I got an email on Friday (I think) saying that my submission along with all the other entries would be published on the website, but I can't find them.
Also, when do I find out if I am the winner?

The deadline to submit stories for the contest has passed, but now there is a screening and judging process that happens. Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11th, and if you're a finalist you will be contacted by mail mid-April. The submissions aren't uploaded to the website until after the Awards Ceremony. Thanks for your interest, and let us know if you have other questions. Good Luck!

So do all finalists com to the awards ceremony?

If you are chosen as a Finalist, then yes, you will be invited to the Awards Ceremony. The judges select about 13 to 15 stories from each of the three grade categories as 'Finalists' Feel free to let us know if you have any other questions.

Thank you so much for your reply. I just checked my inbox and junk (today, Tuesday) and I have yet to receive anything. I'll keep looking... Thanks again for your help.

Shelby, Could you please send an email to giving us the specifics about your story title and grade so we can follow up and confirm that we received your story?

Sure. I'll send it right now and forward my original message, including the attachment. FYI, I just left you a voice mail because I hadn't seen this.

Thank you again!

I received an email just now in response to the resend, so the first email must just have been a fluke. Thank you very much for all your help! :)

Will all the judges be at the Awards ceremony?

Oh, if only this was possible!! No, they judge from afar, but a wonderful author for teens, A. S. King will be there talking about writing and presenting the awards. Anyone is welcome to attend. My favorite book of Ms. King's so far is, 'Everybody Sees the Ants.'

I'm so excited! Is it really true that Lauren Oliver is one of the judges? I've read her books and she is so good and famous. I'd love to meet her.

Yes, Lauren Oliver is a Judge. I'm listening to the last book in the Delirium series, called Requiem-it's gripping! AADL gets a great line up of judges to look at the teen's stories. Even though they're not at the library, it's still pretty cool that these award-winning writers read over our teens' submissions. Email attachments allow these writers to judge where they live, and give us their opinions, and they, in turn, get to read what the stories of 'their' audience are writing about.

For the awards ceremony do we dress fancy?

We typically get a wide variety from casual to dress-up; it's really up to you.

hope everyone did great