The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents the fourth installment of the U.P. Reader. This latest and biggest ever edition of the annual anthology will feature the collected works of forty-five of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula. We are again thrilled to include the four winners of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award in our publication, including the new Junior Division just for writers in grades 5-8. This award, created by UPPAA member Larry Buege (author of the popular Chogan native American series) in 2017, showcases the best writing from young authors who are enrolled in U.P. primary and secondary public schools.
“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. Furthermore, we will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry”.
The U.P. Reader will be available to booksellers 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 are juried by a panel and those chosen 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, Marquette’s most prolific fiction author and former 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 support educational projects like the Dandelion Cottage story contest that encourages young writers, but the main focus remains to get U.P. literature into the hands of readers. For more info, including submission guidelines please visit www.UPReader.org