There's Still Time. . .March 19th Entry Deadline for Short Story Contest

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Go ahead and put those finishing touches on your Short Story. The LAST day to turn in your story is March 19th/Friday by 9pm at any of the AADL locations, or, if you're emailing us your entry, you have until midnight! You can email your stories to

Guidelines are here. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12. "It's All Write!" features $1500 in prizes to be distributed among nine lucky winners. You can read the winning stories from last year. Click here.

We're lining up an amazing slate of judges, who are all published authors. Among the panel this year, Kathi Applet, who received a Newbery Honor Award last year, David Lubar, with witty books like Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie and My Rotten Life to his credit, and teen guru, Patrick Jones, author of Tear Collector
Good Luck!!


Hello, I would like to register my son Amar Ghalib who is a 10th grade high school student . Thank you


Hi, All your son has to do is submit a story (minimum of 4 pages or a maximum of 10) and follow these guidelines (
You can also find the guidelines, by clicking on the events tab, then clicking on 'contests' in the left-hand column. Deadlines for submissions is March 19th. He can send his story to this email address:

Good Luck to your son and thanks for your interest.
AADL Staff

I submitted for the contest but I accidentally sent in one of the more unrefined versions of my short story. Can I withdraw the one I accidentally submitted and send in the one I meant to in the first place?

Absolutely, just re-send the 'final' version before the end of the day on Friday, the 19th, adding a note to let us know which story this replaces. Good Luck!

Do you have to be an Ann Arbor (or Michigan) resident to enter the "It's All Write!" short story contest?


I'm using someone famous in my short story. If I use their personal quotes, do I have to put them in quotation marks or put a number with a note at the bottom of the story? Will it be considered plagiarism if I don't?

You do not need to be a MI or an Ann Arbor resident to submit an entry. Entries are received from all over the world.

Good Luck.

We will accept any stories that follow the guidelines. The majority of our stories are submitted from the Ann Arbor area,
but right now we don't have any geographical boundaries. thanks for your interest.

Sounds to me like if you put their words in quotations that should be fine. You could also add a note at the end of your story.
Good Luck.

My daughter entered your short story contest and we are just wondering when and how we find out who the winners are. thank you