Council for Wisconsin Writers opens 2016 Wisconsin writers contests

The Council for Wisconsin Writers opened its Wisconsin Writers Awards contests on Nov. 1. Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2016 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, Wis. Honorable mention recipients receive $50 and a one-week writer’s residency at the Painted Forest Study Center in Valton, Wis.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2017. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents.

The entry fee is $25. Membership in the Council for Wisconsin Writers 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 2017. The Major Achievement Award for 2016, which includes a prize of $1,000 and recognizes a Wisconsin writer for work of extraordinary literary merit, will also be presented at the May banquet.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1,500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students. There is no entry fee, and 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, 2017.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available here.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing. For more information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its Awards program, please go to wiswriters.org.

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