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The 2023 Write On contest is now closed for entries. Winners were announced at our virtual awards ceremony on May 20, viewable below and on YouTube.

Congratulations to our 2023 contest winners!

2023 Winners in Flash Fiction:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Abby Whitehead The 5 Stages of Grief
2nd Zimou Zhang The Unworthy Rock
3rd Alicia You Hit & Run

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Anonymous Meat
2nd Mikayla Michalak New Girl
3rd Kaylee Gadepelli Sorry For Your Loss

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Anita Gaenko The Whistle on the Plane
2nd Claire Schultz Effloresence
3rd Katie Hume The Water is Too Deep for You

2023 Winners in Short Story:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st Ayla Altinsel Her Necklace
2nd Shelley Ouyang A Snowy Arena
3rd Suryn Lee Tears I Saved for You

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Breanna Swiech People of Stars
2nd Ashton Maddock The Tragic Tale of August and the Wraith
3rd Ainsley Maddock Crimson Snow and Pitch-Black Wood

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Tess Harris IS BLISS
2nd Isabelle Krepps Seven Days on the Livingston Estate
3rd Ananya Shah Desecration

2023 Winners in Poetry:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

1st David Ikekhuah All That For Nothing
2nd Lola Roberts Sakura Blossoms
3rd Annabella Mi December 5th

9th-10th Grade Winners:

1st Alina Kendra Drowning
2nd Erin Burchill Regression
3rd Malia Weber Trefoil

11th-12th Grade Winners:

1st Anonymous The Beach House
2nd Mya Weiss She, the Wind
3rd Allysa Feldpausch Scroll


You can read the work all of the participants in the contest who gave AADL permission to publish their stories here.


Winners will be announced via video at 1pm on May 20. Stay tuned right here for a link to watch the video and winner announcement. You'll also have the chance to learn about the published author judges who selected winners during the virtual awards ceremony!

The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 31st annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Winter 2023! Young Adult authors take part as judges each year, who then read and select the winning stories. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, state-wide contest.

Kids in grades 3-5 can also enter AADL's Write On! short story writing contest, which will accept entries January 9 - February 6, 2023.

How to Enter the Contest:

The 2023 It's All Write Teen Writing Contest will accept submissions January 9-March 5, 2023. Please note that the 2023 contest is open to Michigan residents only. The submission form links will become available on January 9.

For more information about the contest, including prizes, rules and where to direct questions, see the guidelines below.

1. Take a look at the Poetry Guidelines, Flash Fiction Guidelines and the Short Story Guidelines
2. Write your story! Need some help? Check out this Writing Resource Guide.
3. Send us your work using either the Short Story Submission Form, Poetry Submission Form, and/or the Flash Fiction Submission Form

Questions about the contest may be directed to