Introducing Judge #5 Teen Short Story Contest - Sharon G. Flake

Sharon Flake's newest book, Pinned so far has received starred reviews in PW, Horn Book, and Kirkus. Told in alternating chapters, the reader gets to know Autumn and Adonis and watch them tackling their disabilities and learning to trust.
Sharon won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel Skin I'm In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner.

She gives credit of her storytelling gifts to her parents and older relatives. Music is a constant companion and currently, Ms. Flake lives and writes in Pittsburgh.

Sharon is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write teen short story writing contest.

A 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 #4 Teen Short Story Contest - Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth's lastest novel, Code Name Verity has received widespread critical acclaim. It is shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal; it is a Michael Printz Award Honor Book, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Honor Book, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book. It is also a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction.
A previous book, The Lion Hunter (2007) was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2008. Elizabeth also writes short stories.

Ms. Wein went to school at Yale University, currently lives in Scotland, and has her pilot's license, which sparked the interest for the book, 'Code Name Verity' and her new novel,
'Rose Under Fire' a second gripping story set during WWII.

Elizabeth is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write teen short story writing contest.

A 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 #3 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Steve Amick

Steve Amick has published two novels with Random House, The Lake, the River & the Other Lake (a Washington Post Book of the Year, 2005), and Nothing But a Smile (2009). Both were Michigan Notable Books. His shorter work has appeared in places like McSweeney’s, Playboy, Story, Southern Review, Five Chapters, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times, and NPR; he’s had plays produced in Chicago and has taught in the MFA writing workshop at Northwestern. He has a Clio and other advertising awards and a CD of original songs. Steve was born and raised in Ann Arbor and lives here now with his wife, Sharyl, a media specialist in the schools, and his son, Huck, a longhaired kindergartner.

Steve Amick 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 #2 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lauren Oliver

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver has showcased her talents from middle grade reads, Spindlers and Liesl & Po to a best-selling teen trilogy which starts with Delirium.
Set in a dystopian United States, a government-mandated cure prevents the 'delirium' of love, leading to a safe and predictable life. However, main character Lena finds herself falling in love just weeks before her scheduled 'cure' at age 18. Finishing this trilogy of non-stop action, rebellion, and risk-taking for love is Requiem which was just released in March.

Lauren currently co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit., while also writing wonderful stories pretty much full-time.

Ms. Oliver is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

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 are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Introducing Judge #1 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Matt de le Pena

Matt de la Pena's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick.

He's also the author of the award winning picture book, A Nations' Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Matt received a MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship.

He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

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 are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as our guest speaker.

Ann Arbor Observer: Meet Jacqui Robbins

The March issue of the Ann Arbor Observer has a particularly good article about Jacqui Robbins, who is a writer, director and teacher in Ann Arbor. This article profiles Robbins, author of the children's books The New Girl. . . .And Me, and Two of a Kind. She also has a piece in the new book Dare to Dream - Change the World, a poetry collection inspired by coverage of the 2011 uprising in Egypt. Around Ann Arbor, Robbins is active in many community organizations including 826 Michigan, where she is president of the board.

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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: allwrite@aadl.org.
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!

Coming Soon: New Book Clubs to Go

Four new Book Clubs to Go titles will be available soon! Follow the title links below to jump on the waiting list.

In Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.

We the Animals by Justin Torres is a short novel that follows three brothers who tear their way through childhood -- smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, and tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward: Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

The Submission by Amy Waldman: When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives -- whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin -- get caught up in the controversy.

Book Clubs to Go (BCTG) is a service of the AADL that provides local book clubs with the convenience of complete kits for book discussions. Included in each BCTG are 10 copies of the featured book for discussion (or 10 each of two related titles), 1 copy of movie DVD if available, a resource folder containing the following: summary information and reviews of the title(s); author biography; a list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes; tips for book groups; and evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the service.

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!

Anne Of Green Gables Scriptwriting Workshop

Sunday February 3, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Calling all writers in Grades 4-12! The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre Company is performing an original adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables". Help write an original scene that will be performed during their May productions.

Participants should be familiar with the book and have read chapters 1-3. The workshop will also discuss the process of adapting a classic book into a play.

All workshop participants are also encouraged to attend auditions.

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