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.
Raymond Helminiak, a Wisconsin writer and former board member and president of the Council for Wisconsin Writers, died Sept. 9 at age 92 at his home in Mequon.
Those who knew him can see his obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which notes that memorials may be sent to the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Anyone interested in making a donation to CWW in Raymond’s honor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journal Sentinel obituary hailed Raymond as a “Renaissance man before his time.” Among the many accomplishments of his remarkable life, which included serving in the U.S. Air Force from which he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel, were being a founding member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
According to his obituary, “Helminiak was a prolific and award winning writer, who authored more than 100 articles for the Milwaukee Journal, the Milwaukee Sentinel, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Exclusively Yours Magazine and other regional and national publications. His subject matter was primarily aviation related, but he also wrote of the outdoors, kayaking, soup recipes, and family humor.”
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Moevs Helminiak, their son Jon Helminiak of Milwaukee who was also a CWW board member, and their daughter Lyn (Helminiak) Falk of Theinsville, Wisconsin.
The Council for Wisconsin Writers joins the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters in congratulating Wisconsin People & Ideas contest winners and honorable mentions, including CWW board member Sylvia Cavanaugh and recent Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award honorable mention recipient Georgia Ressmeyer,
Sylvia’s “Old Dish” received an honorable mention in the poetry category. Georgia’s poem “Time Speeding Up” took third place in that category.
All winners and honorable mention recipients are listed here.