Winners of the 2013 AADL Teen Short Story Contest!

47 Finalists were honored on Saturday, May 11, from a pool of 335 submissions for this year's 21st Annual Teen Short Story Writing Contest.

A. S. King spoke to a packed house of teen writers, their families and friends. She delivered a motivational speech, sharing stories of her path as a writer, full of inspiration and wit.
Click here to see the slate of award winning judges.

Below are the top nine winners in each off the three grade categories:

Middle School:
1st Place - 'The Soles of Our Shoes' by Cynthia Jia
2nd Place - 'Beach Glass' by Sofia Kwok
3rd Place - 'The Invasion of Lizzy Burnell' by Mary Collins

High School 9th/10th:
1st Place - 'The Gourd Tree' by Marie Martelli
2nd Place - 'Prisoner's Dilemma' by Milo Davidson
3rd Place - 'Sunstep' by Steven Schulte

High School 11th/12th:
1st Place - 'Going Once' by Allison Light
2nd Place - 'Buoyancy' by Josie Benson
3rd Place - 'Breach' by Leah Awkward-Rich

Congratulations to all the writers, and we hope you continue to write many stories!

Kids Rock Music Workshop: Songwriting The ICV Way

Sunday June 16, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Meet Ice Cream Vendors in person on the afternoon of their Top Of The Park Kids Rock performance.

Ice Cream Vendors songs are all written and composed with a collaborative effort. For this workshop, ICV's Jon Kostal and Greg Barnett let you in on their unique approach to songwriting. Learn about song inspiration based on unusual everyday sources.

The workshop will also feature an interactive demonstration.

For Grades K-5.

Kids Rock Music Workshop With The Not-Its!

Sunday June 30, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Meet The Not-Its! in person on the afternoon of their Top Of The Park Kids Rock performance.

This hands-on music creation workshop will give music lovers and fans a chance to learn how The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, to create pop gems.

Meet them in person as they teach you how they create their fantastic sounds.

This event is for grades K - 5.

Introducing Judge #9 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Don Gallo

Editor Donald R. Gallo is a recipient of the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature and the editor of several short story anthologies for teens, including the highly praised DESTINATION UNEXPECTED. The American Library Association includes his anthology SIXTEEN:Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults among the 100 Best Books for Young Adults.

A former junior high school teacher and university professor of English, Don Gallo currently spends his time as an editor, author, workshop presenter,
and interviewer of famous authors.

Don Gallo 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 #10 Teen Short Story Writing Contest 2013 - Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the author of teen novels, with most recently See You at Harry's c2012 and Pearl c2011.
She recently received the Crystal Kite Award for her book, Pearl, and prior to that was the recipient of the 2005 Pen Literary Award.
Currently she lives in Vermont.

Check here for resources for writers she has
listed on her website.

Jo Knowles 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 #8 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children, including Extra Yarn, which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels.

Mac serves on the board of directors for the 826LA, which you might recognize since we have one of these non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting students ages 6–18 with their creative and expository writing skills in Ann Arbor. Several volunteers from Ann Arbor's 826michigan screened stories for this year's contest.

Mac Barnett 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 http://www.as-king.com/|A. S. King] as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #11 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Frances O'Roark Dowell

Frances O'Roark Dowell has published 11 books for teens and middle-grades fiction. She started with
Dovey Coe in 2000 which promptly won the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the William Allen White Children's Book Award.

In addition to the Edgar prize and William White award, her books have received other numerous awards, including the Christopher Award (Shooting the Moon),
the Voya Book Award (Where I’d Like to Be), and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Fiction, Honor Book (Shooting the Moon).

Frances says she writes from around 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays and has said she finds writing first drafts challenging and enjoys revising.

Frances 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, 2 - 3:30 pm, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #7 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lara Zielin

Lara Zielin's newest teen novel is Waiting Sky and tells the story of Jane McAllister, who decides to switch things up one summer and joins her brother chasing tornadoes, which gives her a fresh perspective, new options,and her first real romance. Lara is also the author of Donut Days a Texas Lone Star Reading List pick. Lara says "when I'm not reading or writing, you can find me running or working at the University of Michigan. Or obsessing about the Florida Keys, a place I love very much."

Ms. Zielin 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.

Made in Michigan Writers Mad Lib Poetry Workshop

Saturday May 18, 2013: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Hey! It's a one-of-a-kind Mad Lib Poetry Workshop with the poets of the Made In Michigan Writers Series.

Team up with a famous poet to create a one-of-a-kind poem. After the poems are completed, they will be read aloud, followed by a reading of original poetry by the Michigan poets.

Books from the Made in Michigan Writers Series will be for sale. The event includes a book signing.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 4 and up).

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.

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