MCTE Creative Writing

Please use the form below to submit creative writing for MCTE's creative writing workshop and anthology of student creative writing.

MCTE Creative Writing Submissions

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit original creative writing in one of the following categories:

  • Short Story (500-3,000 words; limit 1 piece per student)
  • Poetry (maximum of 3 poems)
  • Playwriting (one-act play or one act of a full play to be submitted; limit 1 piece per student)
  • Graphic Narration (12-36 panels)
  • Creative Non-Fiction (500-3,000 words)

If selected, students will be invited to attend MCTE’s Creative Writing Workshop on Saturday March 9, at Mott Community College and they will have their work  published in the MCTE’s annual Creative Writing Book. Select students will be invited to share their work with an audience of educators at MCTE’s Think Spring Conference happening concurrently with the creative writing workshop on March 9 at Mott Community College.

Submissions are due by February 2, 2024, 11:59 PM EST. Submissions must be from an MCTE member teacher. Teachers will be notified of selected students at the end of February.


Any further questions can be sent to MCTE Youth Programming Coordinator Abbey Lilly-Lacca at [email protected].

MCTE’s Creative Writing Workshop

for High School Students*

March 9, 2024

Mott Community College

8:30-9:15am: Arrival & Breakfast

9:15-11:45am: Clinician Workshop with Lansing’s Poet Laureate Masaki Takahashi

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch Break

12:45-3:00pm: Clinician Workshop with Lansing’s Poet Laureate Masaki Takahashi

3:15-4:00pm: Poetry Performance featuring selected students (families welcome to attend)

Costs for student attendance: $20 (includes breakfast, dinner, and copy of the creative writing book)

Teachers with accepted students will receive a discounted code to attend MCTE’s Think Spring Conference.

Please contact MCTE if cost is prohibitive for a student to attend the workshops and performance.

* This event is by invitation. After MCTE member teachers submit student work, they will be notified as to which students are invited. to attend.

MCTE is pleased to announce that Masaki Takahashi, Poet Laureate of Lansing, will work with students as this year’s workshop clinician.

Masaki Takahashi grew up in the Lansing area, an alumnus of Okemos Public Schools, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Davenport University.  He is the founder and host of The Poetry Room Open Mic, a popular and dynamic spoken word series established in 2017 at The Robin Theatre in Lansing’s REO Town. Now a 501 3C non-profit, The Poetry Room hosts a variety of events both in-person and online and features locally and nationally beloved poets, while also raising money for local non-profits. In addition, Masaki has presented numerous workshops in area schools, both in spoken word and in computer coding. Masaki is a highly skilled and compelling performer and has appeared in numerous spoken word events in Michigan and nationally. His poetry has been featured on Lunch Ticket, Vol. 17; and Rigor, Vol. 5, Issue. His work and influence on the Greater Lansing Area poetry community has been profiled in the Lansing State Journal, Dec 7, 2019 (“6 people to watch: Leaders making a difference in Lansing’s business scene and community”) and the City Pulse, Nov. 24, 2021 (“Masaki Takahashi and building a powerful poetry culture in Lansing”).

As the new Poet Laureate, Masaki hopes to have the city buzzing with poetry events, hold space for People of Color, and introduce our community to the world of slam poetry. The sky is the limit.

Please use the form below to submit student rosters and creative writing for MCTE’s workshop and creative writing book.

Click here to make your own copy of a Google spreadsheet to enter your student roster.  Once you open the spreadsheet, you’ll also be able to download it as an Excel spreadsheet if you prefer. (Click File, Download, and choose Excel.)


The call for this year’s creative writing workshop is now closed.