WLA Book Award News

The following is from our friend Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

Are you eligible for the Wisconsin Library Association Book Award?

The WLA committee is looking for copies of poetry collections (published & copyrighted in 2012, at least 32p. long, and in a couple libraries–or on the way to being added to a couple libraries’ collections), by April 1.

Send material to:

Literary Awards Committee

Wisconsin Library Association

4610 S. Biltmore Lane, Ste. 100

Madison, WI 53718-2153

This year the committee is having a difficult time getting publications they were notified had been released in 2012.  They need to have copies of books by April 1 to complete the review process.

The books must ALSO be available at libraries–meaning that there should be copies at at least a few libraries around the state. That way, patrons anywhere in the state have a much greater chance of accessing the items.  A quick search in Worldcat, for example, showed them me that in the entire state, there is only 1 copy of a few of the latest books by stellar poets. These can’t go through inter-library loan yet and so members of the committee–and the public–can’t get these books.

It is certainly possible that you are not interested in the WLA awards or that you have no desire to donate any copies of works to local libraries or the literary committee. If, however, you didn’t know about these obstacles to consideration, then it’s time to get cracking!

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