Now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual Fiction Writing Contest!

The Community Writing Center

The Community Writing Center is committed to enriching the lives of East Lansing community members through reading, writing, and literacy support and uplift. As a partnership between the East Lansing Public Library and the Writing Center @ MSU, the Community Writing Center (CWC) offers a space for community members to receive feedback, encouragement, and collaboration on a variety of writing projects and tasks– personal, academic, creative, and professional– from Michigan State writing consultants. MSUs consultants, in partnership with ELPL, reflect the library’s vision of accessibility, community, innovation, and knowledge in all we do.

For more information on the Community Writing Center or to work with us, check out our page on the East Lansing Public Library’s website or email us at


Fiction Writing Contest: Community Writing Center @ ELPL

Writers of all ages are invited to submit works of short fiction to the 2nd annual Fiction Writing Contest from the Community Writing Center @ ELPL!

Entries will be considered in separate categories for youth, teens, and adults by a panel of judges made up of an anonymous group of MSU Writing Center administrators, consultants, and ELPL staff. Winning entries will receive cash prizes and be displayed in the library and on its webpage.

Come to the Community Writing Center on Thursdays 5–6 p.m. to work on your fiction with a consultant!

How to submit

Submit your work to the Google Form by April 30, 2023. Submissions after that date will not be considered. Authors will be notified of the results of the contest by June 30, 2023.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Submissions must be 3000 words or less
  • No more than one submission per author
  • No submissions that have been previously published in print or online
  • Submissions must be in a PDF document, in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced.
  • Please do not include your name or identifying information in the document itself, as the review process is anonymous.

We look forward to reading your story!