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Rooted Writing Competition

The winners of the Festival's tree-themed flash essay competition, judged by 2017 Festival presenter, Josh MacIvor-Andersen, were announced on January 15th.

Winner: "The Tree," by Donna Watkins 
Runners Up: "The Language of Trees," by Darcy Costello and "Drawing Trees," by Sheryl Potts
Honorable Mentions: "The Seed," by Jim Koster, "About a Tree – or Trees," by Jackie Cornell, and "Swinging from the Elm," by Carolyn Thomas Christy

Our thanks to all those who submitted entries.


The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book welcomes donations from those who love to read books, talk about books, and meet those who write books. Help us keep most sessions free by supporting the work of the Festival with a tax-deductible gift.

Please use our secure online system, or we welcome your gift mailed to us directly at:

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, P.O. Box 766, Harbor Springs, MI 49740


Volunteers are needed, in a variety of capacities, before, during, and after the Festival. Please email to request more information.


A variety of sponsorships and advertising opportunities are available for the 2018 Festival. Please contact Executive Director, Amy Gillard, at for sponsorship/advertising information.

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Presenting at the 2018 Festival 

Presenting at the 2018 Festival is by invitation of the HSFOTB Author Committee. If you are interested in being considered, please request our submission form by sending an email to

Board of Directors

Julia Fogarty - Chair
Maureen Abood - Vice Chair
Sara E. Smith - Treasurer
Susan Sparrow Carson - Secretary

Maureen Abood
Peggy Abood
Karen Ford
F.W. Skip Renker
Lee Walsh
Glen Young

Amy Gillard - Executive Director