The Council for Wisconsin Writers announces its Wisconsin Writers Awards contests. 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 at 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.