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Dandelion Cottage Story Contest 2022 Open to Submissions

The Dandelion Cottage Young Writers Contest for 2022 is now open to submissions of short stories by students of 5th to 12th grades in the Upper Peninsula School District of Michigan. The contest is organized by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)

As reported on NewsBlaze, students who attend a school in the Upper Peninsula School District, including those homeschooled, are eligible for participating in the contest. The contest accepts submissions in two categories: (1) 5th through 8th grade, and (2) 9th through 12th grades. A teacher in the Upper Peninsula School District can nominate up to two short stories per grade-segment for the Dandelion Cottage Young Writers Contest.

Genre and Length

The stories submitted to the contest can be in any genre and should be no longer than 5,000 words.

Deadline and Entry Fee

The contest is free to enter for all eligible writers with no entry fee. The submission deadline for the contest is January 31, 2022.

Prizes and Publication

As included in the guidelines on the Contest Rules page of the contest website, the prizes for winners are:

  • First place winner in the high school division will receive $250.
  • Second place winner will receive $100.
  • Third place winner will receive $50.

In addition, all winning entries will be published in the annual U.P. Reader.

2021 Dandelion Cottage Contest winners

Winners of 2021 Dandelion Cottage Award: Kyra Holmgren (Senior Div.) and Annabell Dankert (Junior Div.). Image @ Victor R. Volkman

Aim of the Contest

According to Victor R. Volkman, the Dandelion Cottage Young Writers Contest offers young writers real recognition and validation for their talents. He says that working with their teachers, these young writers will discover new ways to improve upon their work.

About the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)

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

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