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Katie McEachern

Katie McEachern, 1st Place Winner of 2018 Dandelion Cottage Award

Big congratulations to our UPPAA members who were nominated for the 44th Annual Pushcart Prize for their work in U.P. Reader #2. This is the only award that honors the best of American small presses each year with  an anthology that spans our great country.

  • Leslie Askwith for the personal essay “A Geology Geeks Finds God”
  • Katie McEachern for the short story “The Attack”

Katie is from Negaunee High School and was the first place winner in UPPAA’s Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest. She received $250. For rules see DandelionCottage.org

Pushcart winners will be announced in April 2019 at the time of the release of next year’s anthology, however being nominated is an honor in itself that many writers treasure.

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U.P. Reader

The U.P. Reader is an annual publication that represents the cross-section of writers that are the membership of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. This annual anthology will be used as a vehicle to showcase and promote the writers of the Upper Peninsula. Copies of the U.P. Reader will be made available to book sellers, UPPAA members, libraries, and news services.

Submission Guidelines

  • Must be a current member of the UPPAA to submit.
  • Submissions must be original with no prior appearance in web or print.  Submissions will be accepted for up to 5,000 words.  Writers who submit work which has previously appeared in blog posts, web pages, eBooks, or in print will be disqualified.
  • Submissions can be any type of genre, Fiction, Nonfiction (memoirs, history, essays, feature articles, interviews, opinions) and Poetry. These also can include photography or artwork, but author must show permission for use.
  • All submissions will be  reviewed through a jury and the submissions will be chosen through this process.
  • We prefer Microsoft Word Document (.DOC) files only or plain text files (.TXT).   Do not submit PDF files.  If you have some other type of text file, please inquire.
  • Authors may include photos with the understanding that they will be converted to black-and-white.  We reserve the right to limit the number of photos per story that will be used. Photos should be at least 300 DPI and no smaller than 2 inches on a sided (i.e. 600px minimum). If the Author is not the photographer, we may ask for a simple one-page “Photo Release” form to be sent in.

The U.P. Reader will require FIRST time rights in print and digital. After one year ALL rights will return to the author. The U.P.P.A.A. retains the right to use it in perpetuity.  For Example, we anticipate a “Best of U.P. Reader” to be issued for the 10th anniversary.

Publication Schedule for U.P. Reader Issue #3

  • Submission deadline: Nov. 15th, 2018
  • Dec 21, 2018    Jury / peer-review process begins
  • Jan 15th, 2019 announcement of selected submissions
  • Jan 16- Feb:  Typesetting and cover design
  • Spring Conference 2019:  Launch celebration, location to be determined.

Send submissions to mikel_classen@yahoo.com or dfrontiera@wildblue.net

Be sure to put “U.P. Reader Submission” in the subject line.

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U.P. Reader -- Issue #2

U.P. Reader — Issue #2 posters now available!

U.P. Reader — Issue #2 cover posters of the wolf that Mikel Classen photographed near Marquette, MI are available for a limited time!  Each poster is printed on lush Fujifilm photographic paper, the same photo paper you would get at an old-timey camera store.

You can pick them up. at the UPPAA Spring Meeting at the Landmark Inn (Marquette, MI) on June 2nd, 2018.

Each poster includes a sturdy, re-usable cardboard tube mailer with plastic caps to protect the poster as you take it from one venue to the next.

About the photo, Mikel Classen writes:

This was shot a few years back in northern Marquette County. That was back when I carried a Pentax and still shot with film. This was taken with a 200 m telephoto lens on 35mm film. I’ve always felt that the wolf is the embodiment of the spirit of the Upper Peninsula. Loyal to its family, yet independent and tenacious, a creature that has overcome all odds to survive, the wolf’s struggle reflects our struggles.
There is no U.P. wilderness without the wolf. To hear the call of the wolf echoing across the untamed landscape is to truly live.

 

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U.P. Reader -- Issue #2

U.P. Reader — Issue #2

The ideal time to get your copy of U.P. Reader #2 is at the book launch which is happening at the UPPAA Spring Conference on June 2nd at the Landmark Inn, Marquette.  The conference is free when you renew your UPPAA membership for 2018 at https://uppaa.org/meeting-registration/

Contributors to either Issue #1 or Issue #2 can claim a 50% off List Price discount and get FREE shipping when they pre-order their copies of U.P. Reader –AND– pick them up in Marquette on June 2nd 2018.  Hurry, coupon expires May 20th. 2018

It’s easy to do!  Just do these steps
1.  Go to http://upreader.org/publications/
2.  Select paperbacks or hardcovers, issue #1 (freighter) or issue #2 (wolf cover)
3.  Click on the floating Shopping Bag to checkout
4.  Apply coupon code SPRINGCONF
5.  Click Checkout!

These purchases are subject to MI Sales Tax on the discounted total.

 If you can’t make it to the launch event on June 2nd, write to victor@LHPress.com and I’ll provide you with an alternate coupon code for 50% off List Price and a minimal shipping charge by MediaMail delivery for small orders or UPS Ground for large orders.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the past and future issue

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Dear UPPAA Member,

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you what an exciting debut issue of U.P. Reader we had as well as remind you of two very important details:

  • Submission deadline is December 21st, 2017. Please send us your original unpublished fiction, poems, personal anecdotes, and essays.  All subjects and genres are welcome! Full details here.
  • We have expanded the submission length to allow up to 5,000 words stories (double last year’s size).

Since this is the time of year to review, so let’s look at some of our key accomplishments:

  • The Library of Michigan personally wrote to invite U.P. Reader to apply for the “Michigan Notable Books” list. We responded with a dozen hardcover editions!
  • In recognition of sales, the publisher donated a dozen copies to the Superiorland Library Cooperative, ensuring libraries across the U.P. got to experience our work.
  • Stories by Larry Buege and Frank Farwell were nominated for the prestigious 42nd Annual Pushcart Prize, which salutes independent presses across America. Finalists to be announced in March 2018.

UPPAA Members are invited to feature their books and businesses in the advertising section for the special rate of only $25 for a ¼ page business listing.

Last, but not least, we invite you to be present as we launch U.P. Reader Volume 2 at the UPPAA Spring Conference at the Peter White Library in Marquette.

For all concerns, please write to editor@UPReader.org.

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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.

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Join the UPPAA today!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents a new publication called the U.P. Reader. This will be an annual anthology that will feature the collected works of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.

This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to book sellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.
Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.
Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”
Proceeds from the U.P. Reader will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing and to get U.P. literature into the hands of potential readers.

For more information, including submission guidelines, contact Mikel B. Classen at mikel_classen@yahoo.com

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