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upreader_tightThe deadline for submitting to this year’s inaugural edition of the U.P. Reader has come and gone and we received some incredible submissions from our writers. But, we would like to get a few more to round out what is shaping up to be an amazing first issue. So, we are extending the deadline for this edition of the U.P. Reader until December 21!

“I’m really excited about what we’ve received so far,” said Mikel Classen, project head for the U.P. Reader. “I really want to see more.”

This gives everyone just a little more time to take advantage of this opportunity to have their work showcased in the U.P. Reader. All fiction or Nonfiction along with poetry, up to 2500 words, will be considered. More information can be found at our new U.P. Reader Website: www.UPReader.org. or submission guidelines can be received by emailing editor@UPReader.org

The U.P. Reader project is managed and operated by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA), a non-profit organization.

The Society of Midland Authors

The Society of Midland Authors

Society of Midland Authors award competition is open

The Society of Midland Authors is now accepting submissions for its annual literary awards, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2016.

Each winner will receive $500 and a recognition award. The judges in each category may also deem one or two honorees as worthy of recognition, and each finalist will receive a commemorative award. These honors will be given out at the awards banquet the second Tuesday in May.

A book may be nominated by its author or publisher. Authors do not need to be members of the Society of Midland Authors in order to enter the contest. Please read the following rules carefully before submitting. (The rules are also on our website.)

— An entry form must accompany each book. One copy of the book and one entry form go to each of the three judges in its category. That means a total of three forms per title (three judges, three forms, three books). Books unaccompanied by completed entry forms will not be considered.

— Each book entry must have a 2016 publication date with corresponding copyright date. The author must either reside in, be born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states SMA represents: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

— Each submission requires an entry fee of $10. To pay by PayPal or credit card, please click here. You may also pay by mailing a check to Society of Midland Authors, P.O. Box 10419, Chicago, IL 60610. This payment must identify the book title, author and source of check, so SMA knows which author and book entry to confirm as a paid entry. (You may use the “comments” box to write the information for PayPal. Copy the entry form to go with your snail mail check.)

— For now, we do not consider e-book originals unless accompanied by a print edition.

— Books by deceased authors are eligible, providing they meet the other requirements.

— Submissions must be postmarked by January 7, 2017We urge early submissions. Send entries to the appropriate judges.

— To enter this year’s competition, print out the entry form at this link: http://midlandauthors.com/contest_form.html. Include a completed copy with each nominated book. Mail a copy of the form and the book to each of the three judges in the selected category. Do not mail the book to the Society’s P.O. box. Make sure that you enter the book in the proper category. (For example, all children’s books go to children’s categories, rather than Poetry or Biography and Memoir, which are for adult submissions only.) Books submitted to improper categories will be disqualified.

If you’d like to confirm that your entry reached the judges, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard with each book submission. Or you can contact Marlene Targ Brill, marlenetbrill@comcast.net, who will verify whether your entry arrived.

JUDGES FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2016:

Adult Fiction:
Stephen Sposato, 1440 W Argyle St #1, Chicago, IL 60640
David MacLean, 2232 W. Giddings St Chicago, Il 60625
Eckhard Gerdes, 4212 Chesapeake Drive, Apt. 1A, Aurorra, IL 60504

Adult Nonfiction:
Susan Croce Kelly, 29233 Cardinal Lane, Gravois Millss, MO 65037
Kim Hiltwein, 820 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Libby Hellmann, 272 Summerfield Road, Northbrook, ILL 60062

Biography/Memoir:
Bob Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660
Jerry Apps, 522 Togstad Glenn, Madison, WI 53711
Ronne Hartfield, 5750 S. Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, ILL 60637

Poetry:
Rosina Neginsky, PO Box 2175, Station A, Champaign, IL 661825
Jill Baumgaertner,  841 W. Monroe St., #5PH, Chiicago, IL 60607
Joshua Corey, 729 Emerson St. #3W, Evanston, IL 602011

Children’s Nonfiction:
Pat Kummer, 2671 Normandy Place, Lisle, IL 60532-10811
Andrea Warren, 4908 W. 71st St., Prairie Village, KSS 66208
Suzanne Slade, 605 Dawes St., Libertyville IL 60048

 Children’s Fiction:
Marlene Targ Brill, 314 Lawndale, Wilmette, IL 60091<
Patricia McKissack, 14629 Timberlake Manor Court, Chestterfield, MO 63017
Mary Losure, 1311 Osceola Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

We look forward to your submissions.  Thank you and good luck. 

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The UPPAA quarterly newsletter, The Written Word, is sent to all members by mail.

Get the UPPAA Fall 2016 Newsletter here!

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

September 30, 2016
For  Immediate Release:

Margaret Boyle
Programming Coordinator
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI  49855
906.226.4318
mboyle@uproc.lib.mi.us

U.P. Author Day Event  at PWPL

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Peter White Public Library, lower level
217 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855
Call 906-226-4318 for more information.

 Readers and writers are invited to celebrate the independent spirit of writers who live in, work in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at U.P. Author Day on Saturday, October 8 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on the Peter White Public Library’s lower level in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Meet over 25 local authors and get some early holiday shopping done at the all-day book fair. Enjoy six different interactive breakout sessions to learn from writers of the same genre in discussions about their work and their inspirations. Genre panel topics include U.P. History, Children’s Literature, Poetry, Fiction Writing, Biographies and Mysteries.

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

 Authors attending the U.P. Author Day event include Karl Bohnack, Larry Buege, Michael Carrier, Mikel Classen, Vicki Fee, Kathleen Heidemann, Austin Hummell, Sharon Kennedy, Allan Koski, R. Bruce Larson, Sonny Longtine, Rosalyn McGrath, Paulette Noble, Rick Noble (pen name: R. E. Kelly), Maggie Pill (pen name: Peg Herring), Gretchen Preston, Bert Reisterer, Mike Ryan, Christine Saari, John Smolens, Russ Thorburn, Tyler Tichelaar, Jackie Winkowski and D. G. Woodworth.

 At 2:00pm, a live webcast panel presentation by veterans of the literary community will be screened. Hosted by Indie Author Day, viewers will be able to hear from nationally known writers, agents and other industry leaders including: Jon Fine of Amazon, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Library, American Library Association’s Black Caucus and award winning author, L. Penelope.

 Visitors to the U.P. Author Day event will be eligible to enter drawings for several great door prizes and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day.  Local sponsors include the Upper Peninsula Authors and Publishers Association, Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Indieauthorday.com and Peter White Public Library.

There is no admission charge to attend the event. For more information call Peter White Public Library at 906-226-4318, visit www.pwpl.info or check out U.P. Author Day though the library’s Facebook page.

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Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

Hello Everyone,

You are invited to participate in UP Author Day at Peter White Public Library in Marquette, MI from 10:30-3:30 on Saturday, October 8, which is being held this year in conjunction with the first annual Indie Author Day nationwide.

We have table space available for the book fair, and you are invited to come and sell your books. We will have two authors per table, so each author will have about four feet of space.
There are also going to be panel presentations throughout the day (these are already planned out so we are not looking for participants for the panels at this time). Also, at 2 o’clock we will be connected to a live broadcast where we will view the national Indie Author Day event.

If you are interested in attending, please reply to Margaret Boyle at Peter White Public Library mboyle@uproc.lib.mi.us no later than September 20th.

We look forward to celebrating UP Author Day with you.

Sincerely,

Tyler Tichelaar

27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

On Sep. 12, 2016, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton MI, three UPPAA authors will take part in a panel
discussion on writing about different ethnic groups. Deborah K. Frontiera, Cyndi Perkins and Larry Buege (and hopefully Larry Lankton)
will discuss with the public how they researched and wrote about various ethnic groups in the Copper Country. They are hoping for audience
participation and questions. The panel discussion will last about an hour.

Afterward, the authors’ books will be available for sale.

The Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech U. and Finlandia U. as a way of introducing foreign students and their cultures
to the people of the Copper Country and celebrating diversity. The theme of this years festival is “Passport to the World.” There will
be several events throughout the week culminating with a parade and food, crafts and entertainment at Dee Stadium on Saturday, Sep. 17 from 12-4 p.m

Hi Everyone,

The Forsyth Township Library in Gwinn has invited UPPAA members to tea. This annual tea party is a fundraising for the library. The event is Saturday, October 8th from 1 pm to 2:30.PM. The library is seeking 4 or 5 authors from different genres to give a short presentation about their book(s). You will have the opportunity to sell your books. In exchange for no table fee, organizers request you consider donating a percentage of your proceeds to the library. This event is well attended by library patrons and the community. For more information, email our UPPAA VP Gretchen Preston at prestongretchen@gmail.com

Note: the time has been changed from the original posting

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