2024 Young Writers Exposition - CALL FOR YOUNG WRITERS!

    Event Details
    Presented by
    CTAC Theater

    This spring, Crooked Tree Arts Center is once again hosting the Young Writers Exposition as part of the annual Youth Arts Festival.

    Who can participate?

    • Elementary, middle, and high school students who attend schools served by the Char-Em ISD (or home school students in Charlevoix or Emmet counties.)

    When can they submit?

    • All work for the Young Writers Exposition must be submitted online by a parent or teacher by Friday, March 22, at 5 pm

    What can they submit?

    • One work of poetry or prose, or one of each.
    • Prose pieces are limited to 1,000 words and poetry pieces are limited to 500. 

    Winning writers of all age groups receive a medal, journal, and McLean & Eakin Booksellers gift card, and will also have their work published in the digital Petoskey News-Review; first place winners will be printed in both the online and physical copies of PNR. Middle and high school winning writers will also receive monetary prizes:

    • 1st place - $100 (Bob Schulze Award)
    • 2nd place - $75
    • 3rd place - $50.

    The Little Traverse Literary Guild will give two $500 “Best in Show” awards – the Hanna-Renkes/Jan Smith Literary Award – to high school students for poetry and prose.

    Winners will be invited to receive awards at the Youth Arts Awards Night on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 PM.

    Submit high school pieces here. 

    Submit middle school pieces here.

    Submit elementary school pieces here.


    If you have questions about the Young Writers Exposition, please contact Bobby Yarger at

    231-347-4337 / bobby@crookedtree.org.


    The winning entries for 2023 can be found here