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Madison Book Launch with Pizza

Award-winning Madison-based writer Angela Woodward is celebrating the publication of her new novel on April 8 with free pizza and a cash bar.

Here are the details in her news release:

Pizza & Book Launch

Friday, April 8, 6 to 9 PM

Basement of Glass Nickel Pizza East, Madison, WI

Join Angela Woodward in launching her new novel Natural Wonders (winner of The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize). 

Free pizza, a cash bar, and copies of Natural Wonders available for purchase for $15. 

For more info about Angela Woodward, visit: angelawoodward.com
We’ve also created a Facebook event page for the launch that you can find here:

Angela’s novella End of the Fire Cult received honorable mention in CWW’s  2010 Anne Powers Book-Length Fiction contest.
Check out all of CWW writing contests at www.wiswriters.org/awards.

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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 Invites These Poets to Enter Contests — Deadline Feb. 1, 2016

WFOP News:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) has a NEW website! Check it out at wfop.org.

Going forward please submit any of the following to wfopweb@gmail:

Ongoing poetry readings
Future poetry events
Future poetry workshops
Regular writing group meetings

Events more suited to the e-newsletter should be directed to wfopmuseletter@gmail.com

If you don’t already have one, you are invited to create a Member Page. Send the following to wfopweb@gmail.com

* Bio
* Publications
* Poetry, 2-3 sample poems
* Photos (e.g. quality poet photo, covers of published books or chapbooks)

Not yet a member? The website will give you info about joining!


Tuesday, January 26

Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh

6:15 – 7:30 pm featured reader, followed by an open mic

The reading is located in the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Please come early and treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the reading. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.


The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet KATY DIDDEN

Thursday, January 28

Wriston Art Center Galleries, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Katy will be reading from her book The Glacier’s Wake and newer work. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Thursday, February 18, at 4:30 in the Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, poet Andrew Hudgins and fiction writer Erin McGraw (both of them the celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books) will read, again with a reception and book signing to follow.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu.



Thursday, January 28

The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay

5:30-8 pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

On Deck:

February 25: Jenna Cornell, D.R. Clowers, Ralph Murre
March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

For more info: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.



Tuesday, February 2

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) , 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac

7 pm


Books Build Community program featuring OSCAR MIRELES, editor of I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin

Saturday, February 6

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

2-4 pm

The Books Build Community program focuses on sharing experiences around a specific book, through formal book clubs and informal book discussions, based off of the successful Fox Cities Reads initiative. Our first selection is I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three Decades of Hispanic Writing, an anthology of essays, poetry, memoirs and fiction by Wisconsin Latina and Latino writers. This book contains the works of 40 writers who are past poets laureate, musicians, academics, activists, law enforcement agents, educators and much more.

For more information contact Adriana McCleer, (920) 832-617, amccleer@apl.org



Wednesday, February 10

UUF, 10341 Highway 42, Ephraim

On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free. For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.


Jeanie and Steve Tomasko

Monday, February 15

Poetry Rocks! Reading Series

Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton  

7 pm, featured readers followed by open mike

With her cool, mellifluous Madison intonation, Jeanie Tomasko teases her husband Steve about his “Fox Valley” accent. Steve grew up just down the lake in Oshburg, dontcha-know, and talks, pretty much mostly pretty normal … mostly. Isn’t that right now? Jeanie has written acres of wonderful poems (says her husband, unabashedly) and has produced three printed chapbooks and one online chapbook. She would undoubtedly have more if she didn’t have an aversion to the whole submission game.

Steve has written three tablespoons of poems he’s proud of. His first chapbook was published two days before Christmas. Jeanie and Steve live with three cats, a revolving door of adult children and have a yen for forests, fresh bluegills cooked on a campfire and Lake Superior.


March 21                    Soundings: Poets from the Door County anthology

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.


The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet ANDREW HUDGINS and fiction writer ERIN MCGRAW

Thursday, February 18

Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Both are celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu.



Creative Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, February 3

Kress Family Branch Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere

6-8 pm

Support and networking for writers. Bring your original poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.



2016 WFOP Muse Contest: http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html

Deadline February 1!

 2016 WFOP Chapbook Contest: http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html
Deadline February 1!



Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two 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 will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 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. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

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 February 1, 2016.

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

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


Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/50705







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Boswell Authors Have Milwaukee Connections

The following announcements are shamelessly copied and pasted from this month’s newsletter published by Boswell Book Company, owned by CWW’s 2015 Christopher Latham Sholes Award recipient Daniel Goldin:

Celebrate with The Debut of Lindsay Starck’s Novel at the Milwaukee Public Library, Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 pm reception, 6 pm reading.

We’re so excited to help launch another wonderful novel with local roots. Join is to celebrate Noah’s Wife’s release at Central Library’s Schoenleber Reading Room. Noah’s Wife is the story of a community battered by a relentless downpour from the heavens, a gray and wet little town teeming with eccentric characters who have learned to endure the extraordinary circumstances of the rain with astonishing human fortitude and willfulness.


Jane Glaser at Boswell is a big fan of the book: “Noah’s Wife is a beautifully written story of a town whose existence is threatened by endlessly drenching rain and for whom the townspeople appear to have lost all hope. The arrival of the newly assigned minister, Noah, cannot seem to break through their despair as he begins to have his own crisis of faith. As the waters rise and threaten the viability of the town’s zoo, its main tourist attraction, it is Noah’s wife who leads a small band of townspeople into rescuing the animals and relocating them to the town’s abandoned shops and people’s houses, lending a bit of gentle humor to the story. Yet, when that effort and sandbagging can no longer hold back the advancing flood risk, the citizens, along with the animals, move to the highest point in the town, the church. Readers will fall in love with an unpredictable cast of characters who truly realize what it takes to rely on each other and ultimately come to share a renewed sense of hope as an unsinkable community!”

We’re not the only ones raving about Starck’s novel. Library Journal calledNoah’s Wife “a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.” And Booklist called it “a quirky tale with several strong characters…her modern-day fable of faith, hope, loss, and illusion is intriguing.” Look out for a profile in theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel book section this Sunday.


Lindsay Starck studied literature at Yale and creative writing at Notre Dame. She’s now editor-in-chief of Carolina Quarterly and teaches writing at Chapel Hill. But she was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library, where her mom Lorelei worked for many years. Celebrate with us on Tuesday, January 26, with a reception starting at 5:30 and the talk at 6 pm. Central Library is located at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.
Reminder: Deadline for CWW’s contest entries for work published in 2015 is in 10 days — Feb. 1, 2016.

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Madison Author Receives National Award — Again!


Famed children’s author and Madison native Kevin Henkes has done it again. His picture book, Waiting, has been selected by the American Library Association as a Caldecott Honor Book.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is no stranger to the ALA or Caldecott. In 2005, his Kitten’s First Full Moon won the most coveted Caledcott Medal. His book Owen has also received a Caldecott honor. In addition, his books have also received Newbery and Theodore Geisel honors.

According to a report in the Wisconsin State JournalHenkes made headlines by being  “the only author/illustrator to have won across the categories of Caldecott honors and Caldecott Medal, awarded annually for most distinguished picture book for children; Geisel honors, for distinguished beginning reader books; and Newbery honors, for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.”

Henkes, whose books Lilly’s Purple Purse and Chrysanthemum have become beloved children’s classics, has a new book, When Spring Comes, due out next month and another one titled Eggs to be published next year.

Congratulations to Wisconsin’s native star children’s author!

CWW Awards contest are open for entries until February 1, 2016. Nineteen days, including today, to get those entries in!



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Door County Writing Contest Opens

Alyssa Skiba, the Arts, Entertainment & Literature Editor for the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin, announces that submissions are being accepted for that paper’s annual Hal Prize writing and photography contest.

“Each year,” Skiba says, “we invite fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers, as well as photographers of all ages and backgrounds to submit to our annual contest, which offers publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at our partnering organization, Write On, Door County, and other prizes.

“An online version of our 2015 Hal Prize publication can be found here:  http://issuu.com/doorcountyliving/docs/2015-pulse-lit-issue. Submissions are now being accepted at thehalprize.com.

Questions and requests for more information can be addressed to Skiba at  alyssa.skiba@ppulse.com.

The CWW writing contests deadline for entries for work published in 2015 is February 1, 2016. Go to http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm.

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