Third Annual Write Michigan Contest Winners Announced

Kent County, Mich.—Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”

Winners were chosen by public voting at for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.


Judges’ Choice Winner:           Fred Thornburg, Owosso

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids

Readers’ Choice Winner:         Ed McKenna, South Lyon

Published Finalists:                  Kenton Smalley, Shepherd

Troy VanKoevering, Allendale



Judges’ Choice Winner:           Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids

Readers’ Choice Winner:         Mia Parks, Rockford

Published Finalists:                  Shelby Herschleb, Ada

Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids

Ashely Nelson, Wyoming


Judges’ Choice Winner:           Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up:     Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids

Readers’ Choice Winner:         Rachel Lee, Okemos

Published Finalists:                  Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids

Graham Ezinga, Byron Center

Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.


Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.