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“One Minute Michigan” Story Writing Contest

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Michigan Radio, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is presenting a “One Minute Michigan” story writing contest. People across Michigan are being invited to submit stories about their favorite Michigan memories or experiences. The contest is open to anyone with a personal Michigan-themed story to tell. Entrants are asked to submit a 120-word description of a uniquely Michigan experience – for example, a Michigan travel or adventure moment, a Michigan landmark, where they were when they ate your favorite Michigan food for the first time, and so on.


Three winning essays will be recorded and aired on Michigan Radio and posted on the Michigan Radio website, The three winners will also each receive a pair of tickets to “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” on June 23 at Ann Arbor’s Power Center, and admission to the evening’s private reception with Ira Glass. One of the three winning essays will be selected and read onstage by Ira Glass during the performance.


Stories must be a maximum of 120 words and must mention at least one Michigan location. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, May 31, 2012. People can submit a story at:


“Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” will take place at 8 p.m. on June 23 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor. The creator of the public radio show This American Life will talk about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. As part of this, Glass will mix stories from the show--live onstage--and play funny and memorable This American Life moments and discuss their creation. Tickets for the show are available at


This American Life is a weekly public radio show that features true stories of regular people and the extraordinary circumstances we can find ourselves in. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, and broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners nationwide. This American Life airs on Michigan Radio Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.


Michigan Radio is an NPR News Station, and the state’s most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 104.1 FM in Grand Rapids and western Michigan, at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, and 91.1 FM in Flint.          

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