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 Deadline is Jan. 9 to enter Society of Midland Authors awards competition

Competition is open to all residents…. You do NOT have to be a member of SMA to submit your book!

Saturday, Jan. 9, is the deadline to enter a book in the Society of Midland Authors annual literary awards competition, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2015.

Each winner will receive $500 and a recognition award. The judges in each category may also deem one or two finalists 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:

  • 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 2015 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 9, 2016. 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.


Adult Fiction

  • Mark Eleveld, 305 Brooks Ave., Joliet, IL 60435
  • Tony Romano, 23W279 Saint James Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137
  • Michele Weldon, 1419 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL 60305

Adult Nonfiction

  • Connie Fletcher, 521 Tenth St., Wilmette, IL 60091
  • Kim Hiltwein c/o Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
  • Eckhard Gerdes, 1110 Varsity Blvd., Apt, 221, DeKalb, IL 60115

Biography and Memoir

  • Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Center for Chicago Programs, Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Robert Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660
  • John Hallwas, 404 S. Edwards St., Macomb, IL 61455

Children’s Fiction

  • Nancy Crocker, 2432 W. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • Barbara A. Binns, Box 1583, Arlington Heights, IL 60006
  • Judith Fradin, 2121 Dobson St., Evanston, IL 60202

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Margaret McMullan, 541 East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, MS 39571
  • Ilene Cooper, 798 Judson, Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Andrea Warren, 4908 W. 71st St., Prairie Village, KS 66208


  • Jim McGarrah, 120 North Bellaire Avenue #1, Louisville, KY 40206
  • Grace Bauer, English Department, Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
  • Joshua Corey, Dept. of English, Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

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



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mmMarquette Monthly has hosted an annual Short Story Contest since 1990. It is open to all U.P. fiction writers. A $250 cash prize is awarded to the author of the winning entry, which is also published in the MM.

Contest Guidelines

  • All entries must be works of fiction no longer than 2,500 words, never before published, typed and double-spaced
  • The author’s name, address and phone number, plus the story’s word count, should be typed on a cover sheet ONLY. The author’s name should not appear on any page of the actual story
  • The contest is open to Upper Peninsula residents only
  • A $5 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany the submission
  • One submission per writer
  • Entries will not be returned
  • The winning story will be published in the April issue of Marquette Monthly. MM purchases first North American Serial Rights (the author is free to seek further publication and retains copyright)

The deadline is January 31, 2015  (postmarks or deliveries after this date cannot be accepted)

Send your short story to:
Short Story Contest
Marquette Monthly
810 N. Third St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Past Winners

2014 Eric Hammerstrom, “Fire and Ice” and  Jeremy Vavrick,  “Surprise Party”
2013 John Taylor, “Flying Cars”
2012 Don Kilpela, “Gunnar’s Saga”, The True Story of a Modern Day Icelandic Fighting Sheep
2011 Larry Buege, “Frozen Memories” and
Thomas P. Suchenek, “Unobstructed View”
2010 Dennis Whitley, “The Unofficial Outpost Olympics”
2009 Meghan Namaste, “A Made Pony”
2008 Eric Hammerstrom, “The Leper Boy”
2007 Joe Secreast, “Angel Shreveport, Where are You Now?”
2006 Mark Wisti, “Casandra”
2005 Timothy J. Bishop, “What We Agree On”
2004 Matthew Gougeon, “Making Payment”
2003 Matthew Williams, “Golden Chance”
2002 Todd McCann, “Lunker”
2001 Amy Armstrong-Markantoy, “A Day of Reckoning”
2000 Mac MacDevitt, “Elysia’s Gift”
1999 Clare Mishica, “The Secret”
1998 Beverly Matherne, “The Tobacco Shed”
1997 Ann Marie Kelley, “Why I Left Ameryka”
1996 Tom Holliday, “Laugh or Cry”
1995 Todd McCann, “The Way Things Happen”
Mary Emerick, “Fire Season”
1994 Mac MacDevitt, “Opening”
1993 Robert Davis, “Pushki: A Chekovian Parody”
1992 David Anthony, “Bus Ride”
1991 Sandra Inskeep-Fox, “Pieces”
Linda Sue Hudson, “Lower Than a Dog Walks”

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fall_fling_pixSAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.:  Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for Lake Superior State University’s second annual Writing the U.P. Award, which seeks to honor fiction authors who have portrayed the essence of life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Deadline for nominations is Sept. 30. The 2014 award recipient will be announced in November, when he or she will be invited to campus to give a public reading, receive the award, and be presented with a $250 honorarium.

Any resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may nominate an author. The award selection committee asks those who nominate to select authors who have portrayed–through vivid description, believable characters and story–the essence of U.P. life.

Nominations should be sent using the online submission form through LSSU’s Border Crossing blog. Scroll down to find the form. Nominators must enter their names, a valid e-mail address, the name of the author they wish to nominate, and a brief summary of the nominee’s accomplishments.

The 2013 recipient, LSSU alumna and E.U.P resident Sue Harrison, was selected for her portrayal of the U.P. in her work, her commitment to accurately rendering underrepresented native groups in her carefully researched novel series, and for her notable dedication to promoting creative writing across the U.P.

For more information, please contact Prof. Jillena Rose, 906-635-2091 or jrose@lssu.edu

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, tpink@lssu.edu;

John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu;

Prof. Jillena Rose, 635-2091, jrose@lssu.edu


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Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

For immediate release:
Information:    Lynn Emerick
August 21, 2014
North Country Publishing

Winners Selected in Second Annual U.P. Nature Writing Contest

Entries for the Second Annual Upper Peninsula Nature Writing Contest were received from across the Upper Peninsula –Munising and Ironwood, Copper Harbor and Newberry, Hancock, Engadine, Naubinway, Lake Linden, Chassell and Wakefield to Rapid River, Manistique, Marquette, Ishpeming and many towns in between.  The Nature Writing Contest is sponsored by North Country Publishing of Skandia (Lon and Lynn Emerick) and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore of Munising (Nancy and Jeff Dwyer) and was judged by five of the Upper Peninsula’s resident writers.   

The contest winner was Kathleen Heideman of Marquette, with her entry Attending Every Tiny Funeral.  She will be awarded the first place prize of $250.00.

The contest’s First Honorable Mention award went to Amanda Rogers of Copper Harbor for Whichever Season is Next.  Contest judging resulted in a tie for Second Honorable Mention:  Thomas Hoogterp of Engadine for his entry   All in a Day’s Walk and Rachel Mills of Marquette who submitted Fiddleheads and Leeks.  Noah Hausmann of Gwinn is the Third Honorable Mention winner for his entry:  Can’t Wait to Get Back Home.  Honorable Mention winners will be  awarded  gift cards from the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore and Gwen Frostic nature journals during September Nature Writing Evenings.

 Evenings of U.P. Nature Writing, sponsored by North Country Publishing and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore will be held on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in Munising and also on September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is co-hosting the Library evening event.  All entrants from the 2014 Second Annual Nature Writing contest have been invited to read their work and talk about nature writing with those attending. Members of the public are also invited to read their own nature writings; a list of favorite nature books will be available as a handout.

The evenings will include an Upper Peninsula photo presentation by Chris Burnett, U.P. Nature Photographer and Program Director with the U.P. Land Conservancy. The events are free and open to the public.  For more information on the contest or the Nature Writing Events, contact Lynn @906-942-7879 or northco@up.net


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Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

March 20, 2014
Lon and Lynn Emerick
North Country Publishing

North Country Publishing of Skandia and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore of Munising announce the Second Annual U.P. Nature Writing Contest. Following the success of the 2013 Contest, which saw entries from all over the peninsula, U.P. nature enthusiasts and writers are again invited to enter their work.

Titles of last year’s winner and two honorable mention winners were: Loving a Wild Place, Fat Kid in a Dark Woods, and The Bounty of the U.P.

The contest winner will receive a $250 prize and publication in the Marquette Monthly and the Munising News, with other publications by permission. Honorable Mention winners will receive Falling Rock Café and Bookstore gift cards. Judges for the Nature Writing Contest are writers with a nature interest, from several Upper Peninsula locations. All entrants will be invited to read their essays and discuss nature writing at gatherings to the held at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore and Peter White Public Library in September.

Only Upper Peninsula residents are eligible to enter the contest; deadline for entries is June 6, 2014. Contest guidelines are available at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, by emailing northco@up.net, or by calling 1-906-942-7879.

North Country Publishing

Falling Rock Café & Bookstore

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WinnercertificateU.P. resident writers serving as contest judges  have selected the winners in the First Annual UP Nature Writing Contest, sponsored by North Country Publishing of Skandia and Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore of Munising.   Entries were received from residents across the peninsula.  Andrea Chynoweth of Munising is the contest winner with her entry:  Loving a Wild Place.  Martin Achatz of Ishpeming is the First Honorable Mention for Fat Kid in a Dark Woods and Niikah Hatfield of Chocolay Township, Marquette County was awarded Second Honorable Mention for The Bounty of the U.P.

 On September 19th, starting at 7 p.m.  a U.P. Nature Writing Event will be held at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore.  Free and open to the public,  all contest entrants will be invited to read their writing and join in a discussion of nature writing.  For information, contact Lynn at 906-942-7879 or northco@up.net.

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Bluebird of Brockport

March 24, 2013 (Fayette, MI) Donna Winters, a resident of Fayette on the Garden Peninsula and the author of seventeen novels about the Great Lakes, was recently given a highly unusual honor by her hometown. The mayor of Brockport, New York, the Erie Canal village where Donna grew up and the primary setting of her latest novel, The Bluebird of Brockport, has proclaimed April 2013 to be “The Bluebird of Brockport” month. The proclamation reads in part, “Now, therefore, citizens are encouraged to join with the Village Board in this salute to Erie Canal life and read The Bluebird of Brockport in April 2013.”

“In thirty-one years as an author, I have never received such an amazing response to my writing,” said Winters. “The book is my cultural legacy to my hometown, accurately portraying Brockport life in 1830, and to have it recognized as valuable to its citizens by official proclamation far surpasses my wildest expectations.”

Bluebird of Brockport tells the story of Lucina Willcox, an eighteen-year-old farm girl who goes canalling, and Ezra Lockwood, a twenty-four-year-old canal boat builder who has been her friend since childhood. History, romance, adventure, and mystery combine to convey a very pervasive feeling of authenticity for Erie Canal life in the 1830s.

Winters credits Archie Kutz, the owner of the Lift Bridge Book Shop where her book was launched on June 2, 2012, for getting the village “onboard” with the proclamation idea. “He proposed the concept and convinced them of its merit. This is not something I could have done for myself, or even conceived of,” said Winters. She and her husband, Fred, will travel to Brockport in late April to attend the village’s Canal Fest from April 29 to May 5. During that time, Winters will visit various venues where she will read from and autograph her book.

Winters’ book, Bluebird of Brockport, A Novel of the Erie Canal can be purchased for $18 at various online retailers including http://www.liftbridgebooks.com/ .

Bluebird of Brockport Proclamation

Bluebird of Brockport Proclamation

Learn more about Donna Winters and her writing at www.greatlakesromances.com .


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