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The top 10 entries in each category (Adult / Teen / Youth / Spanish-Language), as selected by staff of Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music, will be posted online at WriteMichigan.org for a public vote to choose the Readers' Choice winners. These stories will also move on to our celebrity judges for determination of the Judges' Choice awards.


The top 5 stories in each category (Adult / Teen / Youth / Spanish-Language), as chosen by the celebrity judges, as well as the Readers' Choice winners will be published by Chapbook Press using the Espresso Book Machine. Copies will be available in March 2018.


$100 cash prize will be awarded to the Judges’ Choice runner-up in each category (Adult / Teen / Youth / Spanish-Language):

First Place

$250 cash prize will be awarded to the first-place winners in each category (Adult / Teen / Youth / Spanish-Language) in both the popular and judged contests:

About the Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is the only digital-to-print at-retail solution on the market today. With the push of a button, it can print a title with a full-color cover, bind it and trim it to any standard size. In a matter of minutes, the title will emerge from the EBM as a bookstore-quality paperback book which the customer can purchase. The EBM technology offers bricks-and-mortar retailers the opportunity to become community self-publishing centers, providing a new distribution platform for self-published writers and an important outlet for emerging authors like the participants in Write Michigan. In addition, the EBM improves overall efficiency and environmental sustainability by eliminating shipping and the return and pulping of unwanted books.

About On Demand Books

On Demand Books was cofounded in 2003 by Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director of Random House; Dane Neller, former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and Thor Sigvaldason, former technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Espresso Book Machines have been placed in bookstores, libraries, universities and other locations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean. In September 2010, On Demand Books and Xerox announced a partnership whereby Xerox will market, sell or lease and service the Espresso Book Machine worldwide. Made in the USA, Espresso Book Machines are environmentally efficient, reducing production, shipping and waste.