The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney.
All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

Volume editors seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the northern reaches of the American Midwest and the borderlands, or imagined borderlands, along the line dividing the US and Canada. This interior zone of North America has yet to become a significant point of discussion in the growing movement to revive interest in Midwestern history and in the broader movement to analyze the borderlands of the United States. This volume is broadly designed to advance these discussions about this region by focusing on 1850-present time period.

Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the essential dimensions of the northern Midwest; the basic industries of the region such as mining, forestry, shipping, and tourism; the Midwest/Canada dividing line and its consequences and meaning for residents of the region; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating this area as a distinct region; literary or other cultural understandings of the region, including important regional voices (such as Jim Harrison of the Upper Peninsula or Bob Dylan of the Iron Range); the politics of the region; music from the region (such as the work of Gordon Lightfoot or the ethnic blending that produced polka); analyses of the regionalist thought and practices which have contributed to a consciousness of this region; the religious history of the region; the role of ethnicity in the history of the region (the persistence of Finnish ethnicity, for one example); the languages spoken in the region; regional folklore; the vernacular architecture of the region (cottages, saunas, camps, hunting lodges, etc.); environmental factors such as rainfall, temperature, glaciation, river development, and the role of the Great Lakes which help to define this region; historic and more recent discussions of the taxonomy of American regions, especially the real and imagined sub-regions of the Midwest, and how the upper Midwest relates or compares to other regions (the line that separates the “traditional” Midwest of Iowa-ish corn farming from the northern, lake-oriented Midwest, for example); the economic integration (or lack thereof) of the region; the role of Native American history (the impact of treaties on statehood; the Dawes Act; sovereignty; hunting and fishing rights; gambling and casinos); the understandings of Native Americans, American settlers, immigrants, political leaders, environmentalists, geographers, political scientists, and others which help explain the region.

Chapter proposals will be due November 19, 2018If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due December 1, 2019. Final chapters should be approximately 7,500 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney. All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

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Pirates and treasure, the timeless theme in adventurous fiction, takes center stage in Mikel B. Classen’s second edition of Lake Superior Tales: Stories of Humor and Adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Published by the Modern History Press (November 2018), the book includes ten stories that span the 19th century through present day, each tale packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense. Written for the general adult audience, these stories have something of interest to offer every reader. For those who know or have a fondness for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this is perhaps the perfect winter read of all.

Mikel B. Classen is a veteran writer and editor with three decades of experience in journalism, writing, and photography. But more than anything else, it’s the author’s own living experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that enriches his word with regional flavor. In his words:

“Many places have maritime history, logging history and mining history, but the Upper Peninsula has them all, thrown together in a cultural clash that makes the region unique.”

Classen contends that as a writer it is impossible to not be inspired by a place not only steeped in beauty, but its rich history is evident throughout the peninsula.

By its content, the second edition of Lake Superior Tales is mostly adventure and part humor. The latter, at times, draws from characters based on real residents of the region. And it has its quirky side, like the main character in the story “Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight” that remains unnamed throughout the story.

Of the adventurous stories, the author tells that these tales are the results of ideas that periodically popped into his head. Yet, in one way or the other, the regional history reflected in their development. For instance, he tells about the history of gold mining in the Upper Peninsula and how it influenced the narrative of story “The Wreck of the Marie Jenny.”

“I had finished writing Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight and I started wondering where the gold in that story came from and what the story of the shipwreck was. The only places in the U.P. where gold was actually found was north of Ishpeming and Marquette. There were two mines north of Marquette and the Ropes north of Ishpeming. If any gold was going to sail out on Lake Superior it would have come from Marquette and the Iron Bay. The real mover and shaker of those days in Marquette was Peter White, one of Marquette’s founding fathers, hence his appearance in the story.”

Classen’s ingenious weaving of history and legend creates a tapestry of folklore as varied as the peninsula itself.

To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, go to his website at www.mikelclassen.com.

NOTE:  Membership in SMA is NOT required for you to enter this prestigious contest.

The Society of Midland Authors is now accepting submissions for its annual literary awards, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2018.

Three judges on each committee will select one winner that is best in that category. Category winners receive $500 and a recognition award. Judges may also deem one or two honorees as worthy of recognition. Each honoree will receive a commemorative award.  All honors are given out at the awards banquet in May.

A book may be nominated by its author or publisher.  Please read the following rules carefully before submitting. (The rules are also on our website.)

  • An entry form must accompany each book that goes 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 2018 publication date that corresponds with its 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 $25.  To pay by PayPal or credit card, please click here. You may also send 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 can use the “comments” box to write the information for PayPal. Copy the entry form to go with your snailmail 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 Saturday, January 5, 2019.  We urge early submissions.  Send entries to the appropriate judges listed below. (The list of judges is also on our website.)
  • 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.  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.

For comments, questions or to confirm an entry has reached the judges, contact Marlene Targ Brill at marlenetbrill@comcast.net.


Adult Fiction

  • Melinda Braun, 5708 Hawkes Drive, Edina, MN 55436
  • Sue Harrison, 23387 South Rocky Point Road, Pickford, MI 49774
  • Rick Reeder, 8519 Karlov, Skokie, IL 60076

Richard Frisbie Award for Adult Nonfiction

  • Jillian McKeown, Adult Services, Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
  • Don Rose, 2025 N. Sedgwick, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Jim Schwab, 1755 N. Campbell, Chicago, IL 60647

Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography and Memoir

  • Jonathan Eig, 444 W. Oakdale Ave, 2E, Chicago, IL 60657
  • Sue William Silverman, 411 Howard Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417
  • Mary Kay Shanley, 1140 Vividell Lane, West Des Moines, IA 50266


  • Lisa Coutley, 6014 Franklin St., Omaha, NE 68104
  • Joseph G. Peterson, 5429 East View Park, Apt. 2, Chicago, IL 60615
  • Leland James Whipple, 5776 Cottage Drive, Bellaire, MI 49615

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Pat Kummer, 2671 Normandy Place, Lisle, IL 60532-1081
  • Janet Riehecky, 657 Shenandoah Trail, Elgin, IL 60123
  • Carol Saller, until December 31, c/o University of Chicago Press, 1427 E 60th St., Chicago IL 60637; after December 31, 1469 E Park Pl., Chicago 60637

 Children’s Fiction

  • Debbi Chocolate, 1431 Haverhill Drive, Wheaton, Illinois 60189
  • Shari Frost, 8748D Kedvale Ave, Skokie IL 60076
  • Brian E. Wilson, 1440 West Argyle St., Apt. 1, Chicago, IL 60640

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


Welcome to the Peter White Book Fair sponsored by UPPAA!

Board Meetings – Members welcome!
Open meetings the first Friday of the month at the Peter White Library, Marquette
Next meeting: Nov 2nd, 2018 from 12-1:30 EDT.

To join the conference
Dial: 712-432-6299
Enter your passcode: 483921

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.

Meet UPPAA authors on Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette, MI. “Reading Between the Wines.” Join Tyler Tichelaar and Sonny Longtine as they read from their books during this wine-tasting event to raise money to help literacy.

Hello Authors!

I hope you all have been having a relaxing autumn!

I am emailing you because I wanted to let you all know about an event we are doing in the month of November that may be of interest to some of you.

As some of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month – a time of writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, the Escanaba Public Library is joining in by offering a number of events (like writing groups) to help writers finish this challenge.

I am sending along a pdf and jpeg of our flyer of events for you to look at. Maybe you’d like to stop in and get some writing done or just pass along the information to a friend. NaNo is a great way for writers to find support and community, and to finish what some deem impossible. This year the EPL is focusing on supporting would-be authors and authors in our area in any way we can.  We feel this is a great way to do it.

And if you’re not in our area? See if your local library is putting on similar events! Houghton and Iron Mountain both have NaNo writers meeting this month, maybe your area does too!

Hopefully, some of you will be able to make it but if not, we are thinking if you during this time! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Brianna Ecklid

PS- This is the website for nanowrimo- www.nanowrimo.org

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