Ann Arbor Book Festival Short Story Contest 2009

My participation in the Ann Arbor Writers Conference and Book Festival is usually just once a year, in May whatever weekend the formal event is held. But organizers of the event are active all year pushing books and reading and literacy. They’re an amazing group.

So I’m pleased to plug their annual Ann Arbor Book Festival Short Story Contest and encourage you to enter and get your shot at the cash prize of $250 and the chance to be published in a to-be-determined journal.

Entries for original short stories have already been coming in since May 1, 2009, around the time Ann Arbor was revving (that’s with two v’s, not one w) up for the 6th Annual Book Festival. But don’t worry. You have until September 1, 2009.

From the notice on the AABF Web site, “Stories may be up to a maximum of 7000 words in length and should be submitted as double-spaced printed pages. The entry must be unpublished in any form.”

Do not put your name anywhere on the entry. But do submit a separate cover page that includes your identifying information with the submission.

Entry fee is $10 per submission. Checks may be made payable to Ann Arbor Book Festival or you may submit payment online.

Mail your entry and self-addressed stamped business envelope to:

Ann Arbor Book Festival
500 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
c/o Kathy Robenalt

Or email it to with “Short Story” in the subject line.

Good luck. Oops, that’s bad luck. Break a pen (or a letter on your keyboard).

And don’t miss next year’s 7th Annual Book Festival. Stay tuned for more information.