Michigan Radio selects winners of story-writing contest

May 28, 2014

Update: May 28, 2014

The one-minute story-writing contest will be featured on Stateside. Listen to the audio by clicking the link above. 

Michigan Radio has selected the winners of the station’s Great Michigan Read “One Minute” story-writing contest. The theme for the contest was “Hidden branches of your family tree: Unexpected stories that changed the way you think of yourself or your family.” Listeners were asked to submit a maximum 120-word story on the topic, and more than 175 stories were submitted. 

The winners selected were:

The Cracked Mirror, by Christopher N. Blaker (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Michael Arnold

The Revelation, by Mary Seelhorst (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Kathleen Beardmore

Pen Pals, by Jennifer Young (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Adrienne Pisoni 

The story-writing contest was held in conjunction with the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read program. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect Michigan citizens by exploring our history, our present, and our future as discussed in a single literary title. 

This year’s Great Michigan Read book, Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve 

Luxenberg, is a story about family secrets, personal journeys, genealogy, mental disability and illness, poverty, and immigration. All of the stories submitted for the contest were judged by staff at the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Radio.
In addition to having their stories recorded and read on Michigan Radio, the three contest winners received an autographed copy of “Annie’s Ghosts” by author Steve Luxenberg, and were recognized at the Great Michigan Read finale event in Ferndale on May 22.