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How to Not Become a Committed Non-Writer

Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Rita Mae Reese offers advice in Poets & Writers magazine on how writers can avoid becoming non-writers.

It’s a good read!

Check out Rita Mae and the other CWW board members at CWW’s website at www.wiswriters.org.

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CWW Award Winners Announced in Milwaukee Newspaper

CWW award winners and honorees got great play in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/books/council-for-wisconsin-writers-gives-annual-award-to-john-gurda-b99691320z1-372939531.html

We hope friends, family, supporters and advocates of Wisconsin’s awesome legacy of Wisconsin’s writing excellence and excellent writers will celebrate with these winners and honor them by attending the Council for Wisconsin Writers Awards Banquet on May 14 at the Wisconsin Club at 11 a.m. Details and reservation forms will be posted on http://www.wiswriters.org .

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CWW Announces Award Winners

Press Release: 2015 Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced!

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers http://www.wiswriters.org

For release: March 25, 2016

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu

 

2015 WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED

BY COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS

 

Seven Wisconsin writers have been named winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2015. The Council will award each winner $500 and a week-long writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50 each. Out-of-state judges made the selections.

 

The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Judith Claire Mitchell, Madison, for A Reunion of Ghosts, Harper Collins.

 

John Gurda, Milwaukee, is the winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for Milwaukee, City of Neighborhoods, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., while Lynne Diebel, Stoughton, receives honorable mention for Crossing the Driftless, University of Wisconsin Press.

 

Ronald Wallace of Madison, is the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for the

book For Dear Life, University of Pittsburgh Press. Honorable mention goes to The Sacred Monotony of Breath, Prolific Press, by Robert Nordstrom of Mukwanago.

 

Gayle Rosengren of Fitchburg, is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for Cold War on Maplewood Street, Penguin Random House. Ann Bausum of Janesville receives honorable mention for Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, Penguin Random House.

 

Matt Cashion of La Crosse, is the winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction for “Any Idiot Can Feel Pain,” Grist. Jackson Tobin of Madison, is the recipient of an honorable mention for “Kneecap,” Midwestern Gothic.

 

Ronnie Hess of Madison, is the winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for “The Red Shoes,” Peninsula Pulse. Nate Lowe of Plymouth, receives honorable mention for “Archipelago,” Beecher’s.

 

The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to

John Walser of Fond du Lac. Honorable mention goes to Susan Elbe of Madison.

 

The winner of the $250 CWW Essay Award for Young Writers is Hannah. L. Nies, a junior at Waunakee High School, for her essay, “The Girl in the Moon.”

 

The public is invited to celebrate our state’s fine writers at the CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Banquet tickets must be reserved by Tuesday, May 10.

 

More information about the winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council

for Wisconsin Writers can be found at its website, http://www.wiswriters.org.

 

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Contests Are Closed, Best Wishes to All

Entries are closed for the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ contests. The deadline was Monday, Feb. 1.  Entries are on their way to the judges. The Board of Directors and everyone with CWW wish all the best to all Wisconsin writers who entered their work. We look forward to the judges’ selections and to seeing everyone at our awards banquet in May. Watch this space and the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org for details.

 

 

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Today’s the Day! CWW Contest Entry Deadline

All entries postmarked by midnight tonight, Feb. 1, 2016, will be eligible for the Council for Wisconsin Writers contests for work published in 2015.

Prizes of $500 and a 1-week residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts are awarded to winners in categories 1-7. An honorable mention with an award of $50 may be selected in each of these categories. The Essay Award for Young Writers winner receives $250.

Categories include:

1. Zona Gale Short Fiction Award

2. Edna Meudt Book-Length Poetry Award

3. Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award

4. Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award

5. Norbert Blei/August Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award

6. Edna Ferber Book-Length Fiction Award

7. Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award (Use the Special Instructions)

8. Essay Award for Young Writers (Use the Special Instructions)

Rules and entry forms are at www.wiswriters.org/rules. (Overview on page 1, Rules listed on pages 2-3, Entry Form and Instructions on pages 4-5)

We hope to get lots of entries!

 

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CWW Contests Deadline Looms

​Feb. 1, 2016. That’s the deadline for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2015 Awards contests, and is just 29 days away!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, which includes book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which were published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions receive $50.

Contest entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Entries are judged by out-of-state judges. Awards will be presented at CWW’s annual awards banquet in May 2016.

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016.

Included in this year’s CWW awards is its biennial CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1,000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. Nominating letters must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016.  No entry fee is required to make a nomination.

Guidelines, entry forms, and additional information about each category is posted in the awards section of the website at www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. (Scroll down to page 2.)

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

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Writers’ Read Spreadsheet

Here’s a CWW Facebook page status update by CWW Board Member Rita Mae Reese, which might be of interest to readers of this blog:

“Howdy Wisconsin writers–if you’re ever looking for places to read, you’ll want to keep this spreadsheet handy. And a big thanks to Simeon Berry for creating and sharing it.”

(Here’s the link — https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LdlSy_jI28PKlZI3_SNfT7oJy3OH0mLO8CNVnBZ4zwM/edit?pli=1#gid=0&vpid=A2)

CWW’s annual awards program is accepting entries for its eight contests. Information and entry forms are here:  http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm

 

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