Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas , and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. First-place winners in both categories also receive a one-week writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.
Here’s the Academy’s news release:
Send your best work to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. First-place winners in both categories also receive a one-week writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. The first-place fiction winner’s story, as well as poems by the first- through third-place winners, appear in the Summer 2018 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas (second- through third-place stories and honorable mention poems appear in subsequent issues).
Our 2018 contests will be judged by Victoria Houston (fiction) and Karla Huston (poetry), as well as to preliminary contest judges CX Dillhunt and John Lehman. All contest judging is done blindly and the winning submissions are selected on criteria established by individual judges.
Information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers writing contests is here. Entry deadline is Jan. 31, 2018.
COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS (CWW) OPENS 2017 WISCONSIN WRITERS CONTESTS
Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2017 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which must have been published in the contest year, and children’s literature.
First-place winners receive $500 and a one-week writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. Honorable mention recipients receive $50 and a one-week writer’s residency at the Painted Forest Study Center in Valton, WI.
Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2018. 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 at a banquet in May 2018. The Christopher Latham Sholes Award for 2017 will also be presented at the May banquet. That award, which includes a prize of $500, is named for Christopher Latham Sholes (1819–1890), a Wisconsinite who is credited with inventing the first practical typewriter, and honors an individual or organization for outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers.
CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1,500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee. The award is $250 for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2018.
Beth Amos aka Annelise Ryan aka Allyson K. Abbott — yes, Amos has three nom de plumes — is one of the three recipients of the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2017 Notable Author Award.
Amos of Stoughton, who is an emergency room nurse, writes mysteries under all three names.
The other two recipients are Victoria Houston of Rhinelander and Sarah Monette who lives in the Madison area.
These three writers and other WLA award recipients will be honored on Thursday during the association’s annual conference in the Wisconsin Dells.
Among those recipients is former Council for Wisconsin Writers Board Member poet Robin Chapman for her Six True Things, as well as a number of current and past CWW award winners.
Milwaukee Historian and this year’s CWW Major Achievements Award winner John Gurda explores the challenge of diversity at our 9/19 American Dream series.
Gurda’s presentation, “Strangers and Neighbors”, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7–8:30 p.m. at Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.
More about Gurda, the Major Achievement Award and CWW is at wiswriters.org.
An essay by Judith Claire Mitchell of Madison, whose novel A Reunion of Ghosts took top prize in CWW’s 2015 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award contest, appeared recently on the Los Angeles Review of Books blog. In “What It’s Like Living on the Green Border: On Dreamers and Deportation”, Mitchell tells a cautionary tale that connects immigrants’ plight in Nazi Germany to today’s attack on DACA and child immigrant Dreamers.
It’s an interesting and worthwhile read. Congratulations for Judith on getting this essay published.
More about Judith and other CWW award winners is at wiswriters.org/category/news/award-winners/