Homeschool Co-ops invited to Dandelion Cottage Award

The Discovery Center (Hancock, MI) was the first homeschool co-op to express an interest in the Dandelion Cottage Award.  As such, the UPPAA board has extended an invitation to all U.P. homeschool co-ops representing 10 or more students to submit short stories to this annual contest.  Schools and co-ops have until January 31st, 2019 to submit work for this year’s contest.  Please bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • Only teachers or school representatives may submit short stories.
  • Schools are limited to two entries, so make them your best.
  • Short stories must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment.
  • Short stories should be in Word (preferred) or pdf format.

As always, you’ll find complete submission guidelines on the Dandelion Cottage website.

Katie McEachern

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


Last year’s first place winner (2018) was Katie McEachern. Katie is a freshman at Negaunee High School where she is active in band, chorus, and gymnastics. In her free time Katie enjoys music, writing, drawing, poetry and many other fine arts. She enjoys adventuring to “cool and unique” places. The $250 prize money will no doubt help her enjoy those “cool and unique” places.
Emma Locknane, who is a junior at Gwinn High School, will receive $100 for her second-place finish. She enjoys hobbies such as writing, drawing, knitting, and daydreaming. Her favorite reading genres are science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.
We had a two-way tie for third place. Anna Laakso, who is a sophomore from Republic-Michigamme, is an avid fan of the fantasy genre and seeks it out in her reading and writing choices. She is a talented artist, and her love of fantasy comes through in her many illustrations and drawings. Sarah Lauzon is an eleven-year-old fifth grader from Luther L. Wright K-12 School in Ironwood. She is the fifth-grade U.P. spelling bee champ for 2018. She loves to read and write. Her hobbies include playing the piano, playing with her cat, and swimming. Sarah and Anna will share the $50 third-place prize.
You can read the first and second place short stories in the 2018 U.P. Reader(available after June 2, 2018)

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