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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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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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People & Ideas Contest Deadline is Dec. 15

Submit your fiction and poetry now!

CContests open to all Wisconsin writers & poets!

 

Make your mark on the Wisconsin literary scene by sending in your short stories and poems the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contests, which accept digital and print submissions from September 15 to December 15, 2014, and are open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older. New and emerging Wisconsin writers have a chance to win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a slot at the 2015 contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, even a one-week residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point. Author Nickolas Butler and poet Kara Candito are the judges for the 2015 contests, which are sponsored by the Wisconsin Book Festival, Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

 

Now accepting online submissions! Click here for info.

 

Visit our Fiction Contest or Poetry Contest pages for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

Wisconsin Academy of
Sciences, Arts & Letters

1922 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726
Tel: 608.263.1692

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CWW Contest Winners Announced, 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet Set

Press Release: Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers www.wiswriters.org

For release: April 2, 2014

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu

WINNERS OF WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY CWW

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is pleased to announce the 2014 winners and honorable mentions for the Wisconsin Writers’ Awards. CWW’s highest award, the $1,000 Major Achievement Award for work of outstanding merit, goes to John Nichols, who will give the keynote talk at CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.  The public is invited to celebrate our state’s fine writers and the Council’s 50th anniversary.

Nichols, who lives in Madison, is Washington correspondent for The Nation, associate editor of The Capital Times, and author or co-author of ten books on media, politics and American history. A frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad, Nichols is the co-founder of the nation’s media reform network, Free Press.

Winners of the Wisconsin Writers’ Awards for work published in 2013 will each receive $500 and a weeklong writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50. Out-of-state judges made the decisions for each award.

Matt Cashion of La Crosse is winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction with “Awful Pretty,” published in Moon City Review.  Margaret Benbow of Madison is recipient of an honorable mention for “Simeon Prophet and Johanna,” published in The Antioch Review.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson of Madison is winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for Darktown Follies (Tupelo Press). Honorable mention goes to Seth Abramson of Madison for Thievery  (University of Akron Press).

Craig Reinbold of Milwaukee is winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for his article “The Girl in the Photograph” (Ruminate Magazine). Jill Sisson Quinn of Scandinavia receives honorable mention for her essay “The Myth of Home” (Ecotone Journal).

The Great Cat Nap (Cornerstone Press) by A.M. Bostwick of Tomahawk is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award; Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler, Madison mother-daughter writers, receive honorable mention for Moving Out and Moving On (Little Creek Books). 

            B. J. Hollars of Eau Claire is winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa  (Univ. of Alabama Press). Nicholas Hoffman and Jesse Gant, Appleton, receive an honorable mention for Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State (Wisconsin Historical Society Press.)

The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Jesse Lee Kercheval of Madison for My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013). Honorable mention goes to Raymond D. Schrab of Hartford for Dutch Schultz and the Gold of Quilalí (CreateSpace).

The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to Jeanie Tomasko of Middleton; Rita Mae Reese of Madison receives an honorable mention.

The CWW Essay Award for Young Writers of $250 this year will go to Hannah Kinzer of Eisenhower Middle and High School, New Berlin, plus an additional $250 to her high school library, for her essay “Thirty Thousand Feet in the Air.” Honorable mention goes to Satvir Kalsi of Brookfield Academy for “Out of the Cold, a Friend.” Members of the CWW Board judged.

More information about winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council can be found at its website, www.wiswriters.org . Banquet tickets must be reserved by Monday, May 5.

 

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CWW Award Winner to Read at SRA Event

The Shake Rag Alley (SRA) Winter Writers Series will feature CWW’s 2013 Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Non-Fiction Award Winner David McGlynn at an event on Sun, Mar 16 at 6 p.m.

 McGynn will read from his award-winning book, A Door in the Ocean, and be available for a meet and greet at

The Foundry Books, 205 Commerce St, Mineral Point WI.

Here’s the SRA news release about the event:

SRA Winter Writers Series Welcomes
Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Non-Fiction Award Winner David McGlynn

(Mineral Point, WI) Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts continues the 2013/14 SRA Winter Writers
Series, an ongoing series of events to support and encourage the development of regional writers, by
welcoming Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2013 Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Non-Fiction Award
Winner David McGlynn, to Mineral Point on March 16 for a week-long residency. The residency will
feature a free reading and Q&A at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI on
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.

David McGlynn won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ ’ 2013 Kingery Derleth Book-Length Non-Fiction Award for his book, A Door in the Ocean (Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, CA). In addition, McGlynn is the author of the story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, which won the 2008 Utah Book Award, was a finalist for the 2009 Steven Turner Award for Best First Fiction, and was named

an “Outstanding Achievement” by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association. His stories and essays have
appeared in Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, Best American Sports Writing, and numerous literary
journals. More information can be found at http://david-mcglynn.com/

Now in its third year, the SRA Winter Writers Series is built around partnerships with the Council for
Wisconsin Writers, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the WI Poet Laureate Commission (sponsored by
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters). The series runs between the months of November
through April, and includes workshops, readings and community outreach activities featuring these
organizations’ annual writing contest winners, during their week-long residencies at Shake Rag Alley.

Additional Information

About Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts (SRA) provides traditional, visual, performing, and literary arts
education programs for children and adults. Located in the heart of historic Mineral Point in rural SW
Wisconsin, SRA’s campus features charming historic buildings and gardens, on and off-site lodging
facilities and Alley Stage, a semi-professional outdoor theater. More information can be found at
shakeragalley.com.

About Council for Wisconsin Writers
The Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization
dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to
encouraging excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers. More information can be found at
wiswriters.org.

About The Foundry Books
Housed in an 1840’s iron foundry in historic Mineral Point, The Foundry Books is a general out-of-print
and antiquarian book store specializing in Wisconsin & Western Great Lakes regional material. More
information can be found at foundrybooks.com.

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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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CWW Announces 49th Annual Contests

Press Release: Wisconsin Writers Awards Contests Open

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

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu   608-238-6932

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2012

For the 49th year, the Council for Wisconsin Writers sponsors its contests for work published by Wisconsin writers in the prior year.  Entries published in 2012 are invited in the categories of book-length fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; outdoor writing, and children’s literature.

The Council contests open November 1, 2012, and will close January 31, 2013 (postmark deadline).  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $20. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee in May 2013.

First-place winners will receive $500 and week-long writers’ residencies at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point.

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. Members of the board will judge. Postmark deadline for the student essay contest is also January 31, 2013.

Nominations are also open for the $1000 Major Achievement Award, which is given to recognize a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the website, www.wiswriters.org.  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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