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.
Kathleen, a multiple Council for Wisconsin Writers award winner whose work has also received national recognition, is author of 35 books, including 20 featuring American Girl figures, eight Chloe Ellefson mysteries for older teens and adults and six set in the Civil War era.
“Chapter a Day” host Jim Fleming will read a special abridged version of A Memory of Muskets on the program, which airs weekdays in many areas at 12:30 p.m. and is repeated at 11 p.m. It also streams at www.wpr.org/programs/chapter-day and is archived for one week after the day it airs.
Here’s Kathleen’s announcement, which includes comments by Fleming:
Chapter A Day
I am delighted to report that the 7th Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, was chosen to be shared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s beloved Chapter A Day program.
Or as my husband put it, “Holy toboggans! Chloe’s latest adventure is on the radio!”
Jim Fleming, host of the popular program, has created a special abridged version of the book.
You can hear Jim’s half-hour readings on WPR’s IDEAS Network and streaming from https://www.wpr.org/programs/chapter-day weekdays at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) Monday, August 7th through Friday, September 1st. Each episode can also be heard on the Chapter A Day webpage for one week after its broadcast date.
Here’s what Jim had to say:
I fell for Kathleen’s book based on the setting and the characters. I had visited Old World Wisconsin years ago and was charmed by it, lured by the connection to Wisconsin’s past. Kathleen does a wonderful job of painting the cross between then and now. Throwing in a mystery and the inevitable conflicts which can threaten a compelling worksite just made it better.
What many people don’t know about Chapter A Day is that it presents abridgments of most books. I can only read 10-12 pages in half an hour, and it’s important that those 12 pages present a satisfying experience for the listener. MOM would have gone on for too many weeks if I had tried to read it all. I didn’t know what to do about it initially, but finally realized it would be possible to keep the language, the setting and the mystery if I simply removed the part of the story, or most of it, that takes place in the past. The modern story reveals enough about the past to be understood. I was sad not to be able to keep it all but am pleased with the result.
I admit, I would have loved to have the book read in its entirety. But I knew Jim would do a fantastic job with the project. He sent an audio clip from the first chapter and Mr. Ernst and I were hooked.
And the truth is, book “publishing” in the broadest sense is collaborative. Editors, to varying degrees, influence stories. Cover artists create their image of a main character or theme. Readers bring their own imagination and experiences to each book.
I was thrilled when Tantor Media produced audiobooks of the first three Chloe books, read by the talented Elise Arsenault. Elise brought her own interpretation to the mysteries.
Now we’ll hear Chloe and Roelke and friends come to life in a new way, as Jim reads his version.
Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and CAD is its longest-running program! It’s been airing since 1931. I’m honored that A Memory of Muskets can be part of it.
For more information about CWW, its contests and awards, please visit www.wiswriters.org.
The Council for Wisconsin Writers honored it 2016 contests first-place and and honorable winners at its annual awards banquet at the Wisconsin Club on May 13. In addition to hearing winners read excerpts of their work, presentations included comments of out-of-state judges.
The 2017 contests will open for submissions on November 1.
Council for Wisconsin Writers 2016 contest 1st place and honorable mention recipients
Back row from left: John Gurda, Major Achievement Award; Katherine Jagoe, Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award; Betsy Draine, Edna Ferber Fiction Book Honorable Mention; Paula Dail, Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfictin Book Award; Georgia Ressmeyer, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Honorable Mention; David Southward, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award; Patricia Skalka, Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award; Rachel Davidson Leigh, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award.
Front row: Michael Hinden, Edna Ferber Fiction Book Honorable Mention; Carolyn Kott Washburne, Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfiction; Dean Robbins, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Honorable Mention; Liz Wyckoff, Zona Gale Short Fiction Award.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for Wisconsin writers to get their contest entries in the mail.