News for the MI Sunrise Journal

August 6, 2019


  • Library of Congress

  • Award artwork

  • Call for submissions

  • Alpena Book Festival

  • Need for a subject specialist




The MI Sunrise Journal is going to the Library of Congress.  All periodicals need an International Standard Serial Number if they are to be added to the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.  That number is in the works.  The process can take over six months but once in hand all editions of the MI Sunrise Journal will be tagged and sent off for posterity. 


The open call for submissions continues.  We welcome photography, art, and of course, writing.  Any and all submissions should be sent by September 30th so that there is time to review materials and format the journal. Submission guidelines may be found at


This Saturday, August 10th, we meet with the artist to make arrangement for the Shore Story Award.  Please consider submitting a short story.  The award will be given out at the Alpena Book Festival this fall on November 2nd.  Should the winning author not be able to attend, the award will be sent to the author.  Please encourage one and all to visit the Alpena Book Festival and join in on the conversations and enjoyment.    


Call for a local specialist/professional/author.  The journal team is going to pursue a grant through the Michigan Humanities Council.  The only thing we lack is a volunteer in the community to be a topic adviser for the journal.  This could be a seasoned writer, a journalist, a writing instructor and educator or simply someone in tune to the uniqueness of Northeast Michigan.  I attended a class hosted by Michigan Humanities and they stated that the local specialist does not need to be a paid professional in the field of interest. As well, should the Journal receive an award, it would in no way take away from any other grant applicants from Northeast Michigan.  Several counties in the region are top priority for Actions Grants as they are underrepresented in the state.  The Action Grants are made available to non-profit organizations that can provide matching funds to support their projects.  The commitment would be to look over our activities and guide us in a better direction if and when possible. It is hoped that with such grants, which can be applied for annually, the journal team can increase the paper copies and circulate them to schools and libraries in Northeast Michigan.  The goal would be to build awareness of the opportunity for people of the region to share their art with others and start getting published.  In order to qualify for the next round of grants, we would need to have a local specialist by August 19th.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please do put them in touch.    Should anyone have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 


I can always be reached by email at


Thank you and have a great day!





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