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CWW Award Winners Announced in Milwaukee Newspaper

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


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 Contest Awards Presented

Council for Wisconsin Writers contest winners of first-place awards and honorable mentions were feted Saturday, May 16, at the CWW Annual Awards Banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.

From left, front row:  Zona Gale Short Fiction Winner Margaret Benbow of Madison,  Edna Meudt Poetry Book Honorable Mention Angela Sorby of Milwaukee, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Honorable Mention Janet Halfmann of South Milwaukee, Christopher Latham Scholes Award Recipient Daniel Goldin of Milwaukee, CWW Essay Award for Young Writers Honorable Mention Erica Howe of Viroqua, Edna Ferber Fiction Book Winner Chloe Krug Benjamin of Madison.
Back row:  Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award Winner John Hildebrand of Eau Claire, Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfictin Winner Catherine Jagoe  of Madison, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Winner Cathryn Cofell of Appleton, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Honorable Mention DeWitt Clinton of Shorewood, Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award Honorable Mention Tom Pamperin of Chippewa Falls, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award Winner Bridget Birdsall of Madison, Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award Winner Sean Bishop of Madison, Zona Gale Short Fiction Award Honorable Mention Liam Callanan of Milwaukee, CWW Esay Award for Young Writers Winner Kade Byrand of Sheboygan.

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Former Wisconsinite on Favorite New Books List

It’s gratifying to know that  this blog reaches beyond the State of Wisconsin. The May 5, 2015, post, Sholes Award Winner’s Book Picks did just that.

Andrew Maraniss of Nashville, Tennessee and author of Strong Inside, a biography of the first American of African descent to play basketball in the Southeaster Conference, replied to that blog post with this:

“I saw the post on the Wisconsin Writers blog regarding Daniel Goldin’s award recognition and his list of favorite new books by writers with Wisconsin ties … What a pleasant surprise to see my book STRONG INSIDE on the non-fiction list!

“While I live in Nashville these days, I was born in Madison and remain a die-hard Brewers and Packers fan … My family has deep ties to Wisconsin, as my grandfather was editor of The Capital Times, my grandmother was an editor at the University of Wisconsin Press, and my parents both went to the University of Wisconsin. My father David is an author who was inducted into the Wisconsin Writers Hall of Fame in Milwaukee a few years ago.

“Anyway, even though I haven’t lived in Wisconsin for decades I still consider it my true home, and I’m excited/anxious/proud to be speaking about my book in Milwaukee (June 22 at Boswell’s) and Madison (June 24 at Hotel Red, with the store Mystery to Me selling books) soon.

“My book is a biography of the “Jackie Robinson of southern college sports,” the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, Perry Wallace of Vanderbilt. Wallace is now a law professor at American University in DC, a brilliant person, and the book is more than a sports tale – placing his pioneering journey into the context of the place and times in which he operated, the Deep South of the late 1960s. STRONG INSIDE is published by Vanderbilt University Press and has surprised the experts by ranking on the New York Times bestseller lists in both the sports and race categories in its first four months in print.”

Maraniss’s book sounds fascinating. I hope to read it before his Boswell Book Company event and to be able to meet him then.

And I’m really looking forward to Daniel Goldin receiving the Sholes Award this Saturday, May 16, at the Council for Wisconsin Writers Annual Awards Banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Reservations can be made at the CWW website, http://www.wiswriters.org/2015%20banquet.htm. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 12. Hope to see everyone there!

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Bookseller’s Honor Featured in Milwaukee Newspaper

CWW’s Christopher Latham Sholes Award winner, Daniel Goldin, owner of Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, is featured in a Milwaukee newspaper story on CWW’s annual contest winners.

Council for Wisconsin Writers to honor Boswell Books owner Daniel Goldin


The Sholes Award is named for Milwaukeean Christopher Latham Sholes, who, in 1869, invented the first practical typewriter and is presented biennially for outstanding encouragement and support of Wisconsin writers.

More information about Goldin, the other winners is on CWW’s website at http://www.wiswriters.org/2014%20winners.htm. Information about CWW’s annual awards banquet, scheduled for May 16 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, and to make a reservation is at http://www.wiswriters.org/2015%20banquet.htm.

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The Cap Times’ John Nichols Headlines CWW Banquet

Nice to get a mention in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Here’s the link:


CWW is so pleased to be honoring The Capital Times associate editor and The Nation magazine correspondent John Nichols and is honored that he will be keynote speaker at our 50th anniversary Awards Banquet on May 10, at the Wisconsin Club at 11 a.m.

It’s a thrill, too, to recognize high school writers Hannah Kinzer and Satvir Kalsi for their winning and honorable-mention essays “Thirty Thousand Feet in the Air” and “Out of the Cold, a Friend,” respectively. Hannah’s first-place win earned her a $250 award, plus another $250 for her school library.

CWW is looking forward to meeting these and all of the winning and honorable-mention writers at its May 10 banquet.

Read more about CWW, its contests, the winners and honorable mentions at http://www.wiswriters.org, and make a reservation to attend the banquet at http://www.wiswriters.org/banquet.htm.

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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


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.

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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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