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Writing contest entries sought

Entries are being accepted for the Dandelion Cottage Story Contest. Kyra Holmgren, left, was the 2020 winner in the senior division while Annabell Dankert won the junior division. (Photo courtesy of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association)

MARQUETTE — The Dandelion Cottage Young Writers Contest, organized by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, is now open to short story submissions by students in the U.P.

The contest is accepting submissions from students of fifth to 12th grades who attend or are being home-schooled in a U.P. school district. The next contest deadline is Jan. 31. Per rules of the contest, submissions are accepted in two categories: fifth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. Any teacher in a district may nominate up to two short stories per grade segment. Stories entered should not exceed 5,000 words in length. The top prize is $250 cash for the senior division winner and $150 for the junior division winner. There are no entry fees for writers. The top three entries from high school writers and the best story from fifth through eighth grade will appear in the volume 6 of the U.P. Reader. Interested parents can visit www.dandelioncottage.org/ to learn more about the contest.

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