Write Michigan Semi-Finalists Announced

We are proud to announce the semi-finalists in the tenth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Almost 1,200 Michigan writers from all over the state entered the contest.

Winners will be chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org through February 7 for the $500 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $500 Judges’ Choice and $250 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. Winners will be announced February 11.

The top five stories in each age category (Adult/Teen/Youth/Spanish Youth), 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 2022.

Semi-finalist Stories:

The Crossing, Will Miedema, Rockford
Show Me How to Feel the Stars, Chris Sorenson, Ann Arbor
Discovering Adalee, Lindzy Wilkins, Kalamazoo
The Reflection at the Lake, Lia Turner, Walker
What We Sow, Kristina Pierson, Kentwood
Serendipitous, Brenna LaForge, Battle Creek
Riparian Zones, KS Walker, Grand Rapids
What Can Love Do?, Melissa Rozeboom, Muskegon
It's Beginning to Looks a Lot Like Robots, Loretta Jahncke, Wyoming
Prismatic Sun, Julie Foust, Barryton

The Time of Andy and Coal, Elisabeth Gommesen, Pierson 
Chasing Rainbows, Kevina Clear, Niles
The Crimson Door, Rose Merriman, Sparta
Help Is On the Way, Meghan Hemmer, Houghton
Free, Mallory Verhougstraete, Spring Lake
Ode to Winter (Trust Me, It's Not As Boring As It Sounds), Maisy Kelso, Fowlerville
October 8, 1983, Payton Kalsbeek, Jenison
The Chapter of our Lives, Meredith Mead, Traverse City
ˈ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ (v.), Dev Buysse, Caledonia
Fate of the Fallen, Paige Harry, Midland

Journey to the Elder Cat, Colette Horvath, Byron Center
A Journal for Employees at Foxy's Funhpuse Party Palace, Isabella Ulrich, Hartland
Pet-napped!, Anna Callaghan, Ann Arbor
The General Who Saved Levomira, Jocelyn Tan, Okemos
Running From the Future, Adi Jain, Grand Rapids
The Adventures Behind the Canvas, Amelia Veltman, Caledonia
How the World Was Made, Bethany Wrona, Greenville
Ciara and the Ring of Fires, Sevie Roddy, Ann Arbor
Where I Belong, Amelia Bogertman, Ada
The Unexpected Catastrophe, Ellie Einfeld, Grand Rapids

Spanish Language (12 and Younger)
El Indiano, Miguel Reagan, Grand Rapids
¿Dónde está mi casa?, Sofia Toboy, Grand Rapids
El tiempo de mi vida, Eloise Dorer, Jenison
El poder de la amistad, Sylvia Fisher, Grand Rapids
Carrera de bicicleta, Elijah Kuiper, Grand Rapids
El Corazón, Sofia Armas, Grand Rapids
Por el amor de la música, Lily Orange, Grandville
Lisa y el Bosque de Magia, Penelope DeWitt, West Olive
Trepando por bananas, Kensie Elenbaas, Coopersville
Como Sobrevivi la segunda guerra mundial, Lauryn Mouw, Jenison