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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





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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New Wisconsin Kiddy Lit News

Here are January doings with Wisconsin’s stunningly talented writers for children and young adults that have crossed the CWW radar:

Gayle Rosengren says she’s “over the moon” that her MG historical fiction book, What the Moon Said, is among the outstanding children’s titles–especially, Gayle says, “those by Crystal Chan, Jamie Swenson, Ann Bausum, and Thelma Godin who are Wisconsin SCBWI friends!–that have been named CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) CHOICES for 2015.” Congratulations to all of you exceptional authors.

Silvia Acevedo’s debut young adult novel God Awful Loser, which she and her illustrator husband Jeff Miracola created under the auspices of Three Points Publishing, will be available this spring.

Janet Halfmann’s book Animal Teachers, was chosen by The Book Vine for Children, which lists and sells books for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as a “Top 25 Pick for 2015.”  Here’s the link: https://www.bookvine.com/25-new-top-picks-for-2015.html

Please visit http://www.wiswriters.org for the most recent information about the CWW contests and awards banquet.


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Children’s Authors Appearing at WSRA

Wisconsin children’s authors Ann Angel, Bridget Birdsall, Stephanie LowdenJoAnn Early Macken, Julie H. Mata, Miranda Paul, Gayle Rosengren, Pat Schmatz, Andrea Skyberg, Jamie Swenson, Sandy Brehl, and Janet Halfmann will be at the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference  this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 5 and 6) at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, and signing their books at the Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville and SCBWI-Wisconsinin area of the Exhibits area. 

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Two Wisconsin Writers Get First Novels Published

Susan Gloss has scheduled a March 29 launch party for her book, Vintage, published by William Morrow, according to today’s Isthmus.

Gayle Rosengren’s middle-grade novel, What the Moon Said, published by Putnam, will be followed by a second book next year.

Gloss and Rosengren join  local novelists Michelle WildgenSusanna Daniel, Kelly Harms and Dale Kushner whose books have been released in the past year by major publishers.

More details are in the Isthmus at  http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=42220

Please also visit the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Children’s Book Author Launches MG Novel

SCBWI-Wisconsin member Amy Laundrie reports that:

Longtime (SCBWI-WI) member Gayle Rosengren, whose tenacity is resulting in the publication of her first (middle-grade) novel, WHAT THE MOON SAID, is celebrating with a book birthday party this Sunday. Gayle knows how to plan a party, and there will be refreshments, door prizes, and giveaways. Let’s join her and help launch MOON. The party is at 2:00 at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, 315 W. Gorham Street in Madison. Hope to see you there!

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WI Children’s Book Authors’ Spring Release List

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin chapter, has issued a flyer listing books by Wisconsin authors and illustrators being published this spring. Here’s the list. The actual flyer is at http://wisconsin.scbwi.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/86/files/2014/01/Spring-Release-Flyer.2014.pdf.  The success of Wisconsin writers and artists is just astounding!

2014 SPRING RELEASES by WISCONSIN Authors and Illustrators

BEN and ZIP: TWO SHORT FRIENDS by Joanne Linden, art by Tom Goldsmith (Flashlight Press, April, 2014) ISBN:
BIG RIG by Jamie A. Swenson, art by Ned Young (Disney Hyperion, 2/4/14) ISBN: 978-1-4231-6330-5
CORK AND FUZZ: WAIT A MINUTE! By Dori Chaconas, art by Lisa McCue (Viking/Penguin Young Readers, 2/6/14) ISBN: 978-0-670-01481-1
HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN by Thelma Godin, illustrated by vanes Brantley Newton  (Lee & Low Publishers, April) ISBN: 978-1-60060-846
THE PENTECOST STORY by Elizabeth Jaeger (Concordia Publishing, Arch Books, January) ISBN-13: 978-0-7586-4604-0
RAINBOW OF BIRDS by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Jack Foster (Guardian Angel Publishing, April) ISBN: 978-1-6163-3462-8

ASK AGAIN LATER, by Liz Czukas (Harper Teen, 3/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN: 978-0062272393
KATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata (Disney Hyperion, 5/20/14) Middle Grade. ISBN: 978-1-4231-9459-0
ODIN’S PROMISE by Sandy Brehl (Crispin Books, 4/15/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN-13: 978-1-883953-65-2
POET’S WORKSHOP series: Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Limericks; Read, Recite, and Write Narrative Poems; and Read, Recite, and Write Nursery Rhymes. By JoAnn Early Macken (Crabtree Publishing) Available in eBook, paperback, and library binding at http://www.crabtreebooks.com/catalogs/schoolcatalog/
ROAD TO SOMEWHERE, by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris (Bloomsbury Spark, 2/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN:
ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton (Harper Teen, 5/6/14) YA ISBN-13: 978-0062272584
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: THE ULTIMATE TEEN GUIDE, by Sheri Bestor  (Scarecrow Press) Non-fiction. ISBN: 9780810885585
WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren (Putnam Young Readers, 2/20/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN: 978-0-399-16352-4
WHITE SPACE: Book One of the DARK PASSAGES by Ilsa J. Bick (Egmont USA, February) Young Adult ISBN-10: 1606844199, ISBN-13: 978-1606844199

These books will be eligible for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014  Tofte/WrightChildren’s Literature Award , which has been won in recent years by SCBWI members Kathleen Ernst, Janet Halfmann and Jacqueline Houtman. Entry deadline for work published in 2013 is Jan. 31, 2014. Please visit the CWW website at www.wiswriters.org for more details.


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Good News in the World of Wisconsin’s Kiddy Lit Writers

Here are the monthly postings of achievements and accolades from members of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin chapter:

  • Sheri Bestor reports that Scarecrow Press has publisher her non-fiction book, Substance Abuse, the Ultimate Teen Guide, which has received a good review.
  • Julie Mata, author of Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens, stuck her toe in the world of social media, creating an author page on Facebook, creating a website (juliemata.com), and is on Twitter @juliehmata.
  • Gayle Rosengren’s What the Moon Said is to be published next month by Putnam Young Readers Group and has already been termed “Sensitive and tender” by Kirkus, a “heartwarming story” and “engaging historical fiction” by Booklist, and  “…Esther makes the most of each day, asks little, and gives much,” by Publishers Weekly.  Putnam has also offered Gayle a contract for her second book, tentatively titled Joanna’s Cold War, which is a middle grade historical fiction scheduled for summer 2015 publication.
  • Miranda Paul recently received the contract for her third picture book, title yet to be determined, slated to be published in 2016 by Lerner/Millbrook. 

Congratulations to all of these writers!

Maybe they will enter their work in a CWW contest. Deadline for work published in 2013 is coming up soon — Jan. 31. Books published in 2014 will be eligible for contests with an entry deadline in January 2015. Contest information is at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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