Monthly Archives: March 2013

CWW Writing Awards Announced

Press Release: CWW 2013 Wisconsin Writers Awards
From: Council for Wisconsin Writers www.wiswriters.org
For release: March 30, 2013
Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu

HAMILTON RECEIVES CWW’S MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD           

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is proud to present its highest honor, the Major Achievement Award for work of outstanding merit, to novelist Jane Hamilton, who will keynote CWW’s awards banquet, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The award is being presented in memory of CWW friend and colleague Thomas J. Bontly, who passed away last year.

Hamilton, who lives on an orchard in Rochester, Wisconsin, is author of six novels, including the award-winning The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, both Oprah Book Club selections. Her most recent novel, published by Grand Central, is Laura Rider’s Masterpiece. Her sharply drawn characters and poignant story lines depict real people struggling with the complexities and tragedies of ordinary life. Her award will include $1000 and a week-long writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point.

At the banquet, the CWW will also award prizes in eight literary categories for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards. Sixteen distinguished writers will be honored for work published in 2012 and chosen by out-of-state judges. The first prize winner in each category will receive $500 and a week-long residency in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Shauna Singh Baldwin of Milwaukee, author of The Selector of Souls, published by Random House of Canada, will receive the Anne Powers Fiction Book Award for her novel interweaving the lives of her two main characters over the course of a turbulent decade for women in 1990s India.  Honorable mention goes to Paul Salsini of Milwaukee for The Temptation of Father Lorenzo (iUniverse), featuring characters from his prize-winning Tuscan trilogy.

The Tofte/Wright Children’s Award winner is Kathleen Ernst for Meet Caroline (American Girl Co.), a story of historical fiction about a 9-year old American girl living on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1812. Honorable mention goes to Isabella Fontaine, who lives on a farm in rural Wisconsin, and Ken Brosky, who lives in Madison, for volume 1 of The Grimm Chronicles (Brew City Press), stories about fairytale characters released into real life.

The Posner Poetry Book Award winner is Sarah Busse, co-poet laureate of Madison and co-editor of Verse Wisconsin, for her book Somewhere Piano, published by Mayapple Press.  James Pollock of Madison receives honorable mention for Sailing to Babylon, published by Able Muse Press.

The Kenneth Kingery/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award will go to David McGlynn of Appleton for his memoir A Door in the Ocean (Counterpoint Press), which traces his journey from competitive swimming and family tragedy through radical evangelicalism and adult life. Jim Draeger of Monona and Mark Speltz of Madison will share honorable mention for their book Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries (Wisconsin Historical Society Press).

The Larry and Eleanor Sternig Award for Short Fiction will be given to Jeff Esterholm of Superior for “Mrs. Weir,” published by Midwestern Gothic in its nostalgia-themed issue. Karen Loeb’s “Housewarming,” appearing in Thema, receives an honorable mention. Loeb lives in Eau Claire.

George Johnson of Madison is winner of the Kay Levin Award for Short Nonfiction for his piece, “The American Pearl Rush: Its Wisconsin Beginnings,” about freshwater pearls discovered in 1889 in the Sugar River at Albany. His account was published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. Honorable mention goes to Tom Matthews of Wauwatosa for his piece, “Almost Famous,” published in Milwaukee Magazine, a profile of a long-time musician from Milwaukee, Paul Cebar.

The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five poems goes to Kara Candito of Madison, where she co-curates the Monsters of Poetry series; honorable mention to Amie Whittemore of Racine.

The Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award goes to Tom Davis of Green Bay for his essay “Ghosts of the Little Sioux,” which appeared in Pointing Dog Journal. Steven Dewald of La Crosse will receive honorable mention for his book Under a Poacher’s Moon: Stories of a Wisconsin Game Warden (self-published with Create Space).

The CWW Essay Award for Young Writers of $250 goes to Tatiana Lyons of Madison West High School for her essay “The Greatest Wizard in South Dakota.”  Honorable mention and $50 goes to Elijah Carrel, also of Madison West, for his essay “Thank You, Christopher Columbus.”

The public is cordially invited to hear Jane Hamilton and these other fine Wisconsin writers at the Council’s May 11 awards banquet. Reservation forms can be found at the website,www.wiswriters.org. More information about the winners and contest judges can be found at the Awards link on the website.

Council for Wisconsin Writers

 

 

 

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Speakers Bureau Grant Info

This from Woodland Pattern Book Center:

Speakers Bureau | Wisconsin Center for the Book | 2013 Grant Information and Application

“Wisconsin Center for the Book invites communities to celebrate and explore the literature of Wisconsin authors and illustrators through a Speakers Bureau grant. The Speakers Bureau grant funds a stipend for a speaker hosted by a non-profit community organization. Organizations sponsoring a talk by a Wisconsin* writer or book artist (illustrator, designer, etc.) are eligible to apply.”  Read more @ http://woodlandpatternbookcenter.tumblr.com/post/45367480905/speakers-bureau-wisconsin-center-for-the-book-2013

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Past CWW Award Winner Publishes Memoir

Madison writer Jerry Apps, who is a former winner of CWW’s  Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award Award for Outdoor Writing for his book  Old Farm: A History, has a new book out.

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has announced the publication of Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir. 

Here’s the link to the Press’s announcement:

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whspress/books/book.asp?book_id=408

Congratulations to Jerry.

An announcement of CWW’s winners of works published in 2012 is imminent. The news release will be posted here and on the CWW website at:

http://www.wiswriters.org.

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May Library Event for Children’s Writers in SE WI

Here’s a message from Janet Halfmann that might be of special interest to children’s writers and illustrators in Southeast Wisconsin:

For the fifth year the South Milwaukee Library and Schools are joining with 
SCBWI-WI to stage an event at the library for Children's Book Week— this year's 
program will be 6-7:30 pm. Wed. May 15.

The program will showcase 1 author and 1 illustrator besides me. If you have 
published or illustrated a book for ages 4-9 and are interested in doing a 
program, please contact me off list by Sunday, Mar. 24. 

There is no pay involved, but you can bring and sell your books, and the 
librarians and I work hard to publicize the event. The school librarians spend 
the weeks before the event reading and studying the books of the presenters with 
the district's students. 

On event night, we divide the audience into 2 groups, so both get to hear the 
authors and the illustrator—the illustrator does a hands-on demonstration. There 
are also activities, usually a guess-how-many game for a prize, books and other 
prizes for giveaways, and refreshments.

Hope to hear soon from anyone interested in participating. Thanks!
Janet
http://www.janethalfmann.com 

 

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Conference in Oshkosh, B’Gosh, and Contests, too

The Lakefly Literary Conference is scheduled for May 10 and 11 at the Oshkosh Waterfront Premiere Conference Center in Oshkosh. Details are @  http://www.lakeflylit.org/.

Winners of three Lakefly Literary Awards will be announced at the conference.  Deadline for contest entries for the Short Story, Essay and Flash Fiction awards is March 30. Contest details are @ http://www.lakeflylit.org/contests. I’ve also pasted that webpage content here:

The Lakefly Literary Conference is sponsoring three contests: Short Story Contest, the Jean Nelson Award  for Best Essay Contest, and the Flash Fiction Contest.  Details for each of these three contests are listed below.

SHORT STORY CONTEST

Have an unpublished short story?  Send it in today.  Any genre.  No entry
fee.  Winner of the contest receives $100.  One honorable mention will
receive $75.  Results announced at the Lakefly Literary Conference May
11th, 2013.  Please see contest rules below:

SHORT STORY CONTEST RULES:
1.  Authors must reside in, attend school in Wisconsin, or register for
Lakefly Literary Conference May 10-11, 2013.

2.  Stories must be no more than 2,500 words in length.

3.  Authors are encouraged to submit an entry via email. Embed it in the body of the
email or send it as a pdf to Lakeflylit [at]aol dot com. Authors may also submit
by sending their manuscript to the following address:

          Lakefly Conference
C/O Oshkosh Public Library
106 Washington Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

4.  Writers should include a 100 word or less biography written in third person.
Include your website if you wish.

5.  One entry per author.

6.  Entries must be postmarked on or before March 30th, 2013 or received
electronically by 12:00 am by March 30th, 2013.

7.  Previously published stories (in print or online) are not eligible.

8.  Each manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, in standard 10- or 12-point
font. Each page must include the title of the story as a header. All pages must
be numbered with both an individual page number and the total number of
pages (e.g., Stormy Night, page 1/15, Stormy Night, page 2/15, Stormy Night,
page 3/15, etc.).

9.  The author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if
available); and the story word count must be included. These will be
obscured before judging.

10.  Keep a copy of your manuscript! Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.
Do not send an SASE.

11.  Contest winner and runner up will be contacted via email (or phone number)
before they are announced at The Lakefly Literary Conference.

THE JEAN NELSON AWARD

A prize of $400 dollars will be awarded for the best essay with the theme of the impact a
library has made on your life or your family.  An honorable mention prize of $100 will
also be awarded.  We are looking for a moving, well-written original work of nonfiction.
The contest is open to authors residing in, attending school in Wisconsin, or attending
the Lakefly Literary Conference May 10-11, 2013.  There is no fee to enter.

THE JEAN NELSON AWARD CONTEST RULES:
1.  Authors must reside in, attend school in Wisconsin, or regiser for the
Lakefly Literary Conference May 10-11, 2013.

2.  Essays need to have the theme a library’s impact on you or your family.

3.  Limit your essay to 2500 words or less.

4.  Authors are encouraged to submit an entry via email.  Embed it in the body of the
email or send it as a pdf to Lakeflylit [at]aol dot com.  Authors may also submit
by sending their manuscript to the following address:

          Lakefly Conference
          C/O Oshkosh Public Library
106 Washington Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

5. Writers should include a 100 word or less biography written in third person.
Include your website if you wish.

6. One entry per author.

7. Entries must be postmarked on or before March 30th, 2013 or received
electronically by 12:00 am by March 30th, 2013.

8. Previously published works (in print or online) are not eligible.

9. Each manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, in standard 10- or 12-point
font.  Each page must include the title of the story as a header.  All pages must
be numbered with both an individual page number and the total number of
pages (e.g., Stormy Night, page 1/15, Stormy Night, page 2/15, Stormy Night,
page 3/15, etc.).

10. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if
available); and the story word count must be included on a cover sheet.  Do
not include personal information on subsequent pages.

11.  Keep a copy of your manuscript! Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.
Do not send an SASE.

12.  Contest winner and runner up will be contacted via email (or phone number)
before they are announced at The Lakefly Literary Conference.

FLASH FICTION CONTEST

This is an opportunity to attempt what is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks – to
create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 500 words or
less. No entry fee. A prize of $100 will be awarded for the well-written story that is the
most memorable.

FLASH FICTION CONTEST RULES:
1.  Authors must reside in, attend school in Wisconsin, or register for the
Lakefly Literary Conference May 10-11, 2013.

2.  Stories must be no more than 500 words in length.

3.  Authors are encouraged to submit an entry via email. Embed it in the body of the
email or send it as a pdf to Lakeflylit [at]aol dot com. Authors may also submit
by sending their manuscript to the following address:

          Lakefly Conference
C/O Oshkosh Public Library
106 Washington Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

4.  Writers should include a 100 word or less biography written in third person.
Include your website if you wish.

5.  One entry per author.

6.  Entries must be postmarked on or before March 30th, 2013 or received
electronically by 12:00 am by March 30th, 2013.

7.  Previously published stories (in print or online) are not eligible.

8.  Each manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, in standard 10- or 12-point
font.  Each page must include the title of the story as a header.  All pages must
be numbered with both an individual page number and the total number of
pages (e.g., Stormy Night, page 1/15, Stormy Night, page 2/15, Stormy Night,
page 3/15, etc.).

9.  The author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if
available); and the story word count must be included. These will be
obscured before judging.

10.  Keep a copy of your manuscript! Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.
Do not send an SASE.

11.  Contest winner and runner up will be contacted via email (or phone number)
before they are announced at The Lakefly Literary Conference.

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Bridge Poetry Reading at the Chazen

Wisconsin poet Susan Elbe has issued the following invitation:
Please join me and 11 other Wisconsin poets for the Bridge Poetry Reading Series at the Chazen Museum of Art on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll be reading poems written in  response to the Smithsonian exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists:
These are amazing paintings commissioned by the Federal government. It was the first time the government provided financial support for the arts. The poetry by these fine poets promises to be amazing as well: Oliver Bendorf, Kimberly Blaeser, Kara Candito, Susan Elbe, David Graham, Karla Huston, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Mark Kraushaar, Shoshauna Shy, Danez Smith, Angela Trudell Vasquez, and Timothy Walsh.

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Bridget Zinn’s Legacy

Poison by Bridget Zinn, published by Hyperion and just out yesterday, might more aptly be named Bridget Zinn’s Legacy.

Bridget, who grew up in Wisconsin, moved with her husband Barrett Dowell to Portland, Oregon, not long before she passed on from this earthly reality at the unconscionably young age of 33. Here’s a link to her website: http://www.bridgetzinn.com, which has links to early reviews of Poison http://www.bridgetzinn.com/index.php#poisonreviews, including this from Kirkus Reviews:

“Don’t let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom.”

Bridget’s friends and family and the young readers who will share her fun and fabulously imaginative world in Poison thank her for this gift she left behind.

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