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Michigan short story writers are invited to enter the seventh annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest sponsored by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music.

Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists.

The top honor in each category will receive a $250 cash prize. The Judges’ Choice runner-up in each category will receive a $100 prize. Winners will be published by Chapbook Press and honored during an awards ceremony in March.

Stories can be submitted at Write Michigan through Friday, Nov. 30. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and younger; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online.

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James Harger
James Harger reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor. Read James' full bio.

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