5130 Davenport Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

Short Story & Poetry Contest

The 2024 Short Story & Poetry Contest is open to ages 6 and up. All contest entries submitted through our online Short Story Portal will be published in DTDL's Short Story Dispenser at the end of the contest. Poetry submissions will be considered for publication on the library's outdoor walkways. Visa gift card prizes will be awarded to contest entries receiving the highest scores from our judges.

Contest opens: January 2, 2024
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. March 15, 2024  
Participant age brackets:
Youth: Ages 6-12
Teen: Ages 13-17
Adult: Ages 18+

SHORT STORY & POETRY PORTAL   Adult Contest Packet   Youth & Teen Contest Packet 

Review Sessions
Adults can request a review session if they want feedback from one of our volunteer editors. A typed draft of your work must be submitted to the library to sign up for a review session. You can submit your draft at the Adult desk or by emailing a copy to Please use the form below to select your 3 top choices for day and time of your appointment, and an adult services staff member will reach out to you to confirm.