U.P. Student Writers to be Honored for Best Short Story

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U.P. Publishers & Authors Association Announces
3rd Annual Dandelion Cottage Award Winners

U.P. Student Writers to be Honored for Best Short Story


MARQUETTE, MI (March 23, 2020)— the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) is extremely pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd annual Dandelion Cottage Award. The award recognizes U.P. student short story writers of excellence in grades 5 – 12. The Dandelion Cottage Award is funded entirely by charitable donations and no fees have ever been charged to entrants or winners. Students  submit stories in consultation with their teachers. The contest is chaired by UPPAA Board member and popular local author Larry Buege (Marquette, MI).

First place will be awarded to May Amelia Shapton, of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, for her story “Crucify and Burn.” The award includes a medallion, the winner’s name on a traveling school trophy and a $250 cash prize. Second place will be awarded to Cora Mueller, of Houghton High School, for her story “Thief of Hearts,” accompanied by a medallion and $100 prize. A medallion and prize money of $50 will go to third place winner Fenwood Tolonen, of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, for her story “Attention.”  In the new “Junior Division” for writers in grades 5 to 8, Megan Sutherland, of Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools, won for her story “Confliction,” which confers a $150 prize.  For more information about the annual Dandelion Cottage short story contest, visit www.DandelionCottage.org.

Each of the honored stories will appear in the 4th volume of U.P. Reader, UPPAA’s own annual literary anthology featuring short stories, poetry and essays by its members. This successful publication helps spread the word about the organization, raise money for educational programming and encourages people in the Upper Peninsula and beyond to read U.P. writers. Complimentary copies of the U.P. Reader are available to all U.P. educators and media for the asking. The on-sale date is scheduled for April 15th.  Consult your local bookseller for availability or purchase at Amazon. For more information, visit www.UPReader.org.

The awards had been scheduled to be distributed at the 23rd Annual UPPAA Conference in June, but due to COVID-19 considerations, the awards will be distributed through private meetings throughout the U.P.

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan 501(c)6 nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing and publishing books.

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