FrogCare to stroll through the enchanted forest of Narnia or fly a broomstick at Hogwarts? Perhaps you would prefer kissing a frog to release Prince Charming from a wicked spell. Can’t do that without books. Can’t have books without writers. Bummer! To ensure we have a continuous supply of writers and keep those books flowing, the good folks at the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association have created a short story contest for secondary schools and below. Each school can nominate a short story from two student authors to represent their school.

What’s in it for the author? I am glad you asked. There will be regional bragging rights when your school recognizes the genius of your short story. Then when your short story grabs first place honors in the U.P., it'll sure look pretty on your college resume. Not convinced yet? How about two hundred and fifty copies of George Washington. We knew that would get your attention. If for some mysterious reason your short story comes in second place there will still be one hundred smilely faces of Washington or fifty for third place.


This year’s first place winner (2018) is 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)


Next Contest Deadline: January 31, 2019

Contact: Larry Buege (



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