Attention Jackson Area Writers!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music are sponsoring the inaugural Write Michigan contest, a short story competition open to all Michigan residents.

The Write Michigan contest offers $250 cash prizes to winners in 17-and-younger and 18-and-older categories. In January, the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite short stories in each category via the Write Michigan Contest website, writemichigan.org, for the Readers’ Choice award. A panel of judges will also rate the top entries to choose the Judges’ Choice award. Winning stories will be published in a Chapbook Press book and as an eBook.

The Write Michigan Contest kicked off on Sept. 4, with entry deadline of Nov. 30, 2012. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online and in PDF format. Winners will be announced by the first of February and celebrated on March 19, 2013 at Grand Rapids Public Library’s Main Library. National Author Wade Rouse will speak at the event, as well as write the Foreword for the Chapbook Press publication.

Complete details of Write Michigan, including writing workshops, contest guidelines and judging criteria are available at WriteMichigan.org.