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Write Michigan FAQ

Questions about entering

Can I resubmit my story from last year?

Can entries be nonfiction?
Yes. But be aware that stories are judged on elements more typical for fiction pieces such as character, setting and plot.

I am an adult who writes children's stories. Can I submit a children's story in the adult category?
Yes. We have had entries in the past for the adult category that were material written for children. While this is acceptable, it does get reviewed against other fiction pieces that may be stronger in some elements such as character, plot or setting.

How much violence can a story have?
We are librarians and do not censor content for the stories.

Do you accept entries with drawings?
While the story criteria for short stories does not include illustrations, we have had submissions that include illustrations in the past. If your story depends on the photos to tell the story, then it will be hard for the reviewers and judges to rate the story based on based on elements such as character, plot and setting.

Do contracted words count as one or two words?
Contractions count as one word.

The submission form asks for an alternative email address. Is an alternative email address required?
An alternative email address is not required. We ask for an alternative address primarily because students typically use their school email address and school spam filters often will prevent our emails from getting through to the students.

Questions about voting

Are out-of-state votes allowed?