Awards

Wisconsin Library Association

Literary Award

A. To be considered for this award a book must:

  1. Normally be more than thirty-two pages in length.
  2. Be copyrighted and published in the calendar year preceding the giving of the award.

B. The award is given for a single publication, not for the body of an author’s work.

C. The work must be written by a person who was born in Wisconsin, or is currently living in Wisconsin, or lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.

D. The work must contribute to the world of literature and ideas.

E. Texts and works with specialized or technical content will not ordinarily be considered.

The Committee welcomes nominations from anyone.

2015 Literary Award Winner: Nickolas Butler for Shotgun Lovesongs
2014 Literary Award Winner: Larry Watson for Let Him Go

Outstanding Achievement Lists

The Literary Awards Committee annually selects up to 10 outstanding titles by Wisconsin authors, in addition to selecting the Literary Award and the Notable Wisconsin Authors.

Notable Authors

The Notable Wisconsin Authors project promotes a greater awareness of the state’s literary heritage through the recognition of selected authors based on these guidelines:

  1. A Wisconsin author is considered as one who was born in Wisconsin, or is currently living in Wisconsin or lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
  2. To be eligible, an author must have written a work or works which are a contribution to the world of literature and ideas.
  3. No set number of authors need to be honored in any given year; however, no more than three living authors will be recognized each year.
The Wisconsin Review Literary Journal

The Doug Flaherty Award

Professor Doug Flaherty was the first faculty advisor for the Wisconsin Review. In addition to his work advocating poetry at UW Oshkosh, Flaherty is active in grassroots poetry efforts, specifically with publishing co-op Wolf Angel Press. In honor of Professor Flaherty, the Wisconsin Review is proud to announce the first annual Doug Flaherty Award for Creative Writing students at UW Oshkosh!

It is designed to strengthen the relationship between Creative Writing course work at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the assessment of writing by students at the Wisconsin Review.

The Wisconsin Review will only consider entries nominated by Creative Writing faculty at UW Oshkosh for the Doug Flaherty Award.

Wisconsin Review Submissions

Visit this page to see how you can submit your prose, poetry, and artwork to the Wisconsin Review.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award of Merit

The Book Award of Merit is given to the author of a book on Wisconsin history which, in the opinion of the judges, made the most valuable contribution to public understanding of Wisconsin’s past during the preceding calendar year.

Authors and publishers are encouraged to nominate their own works. Genealogical books are excluded from consideration because their authors should submit them under the Genealogy-Family History Book Award category instead.

Eligibility and Submission Guidelines

University of Wisconsin Writer's Institute

University of Wisconsin Writer’s Institute

Poem or Page Contest

The Madison Review

The Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry

The finest triad of poems are awarded $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of The Madison Review.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should have 12 point font with standard 1” margins. Poets are welcome to use special formatting and we will do our best to honor those choices in the case of publication. There is a 15 page maximum for three combined poems.

Only one submission is allowed per person per contest.

Works must be submitted through the SUBMISSIONS MANAGER.

Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction

The finest short story is awarded $1,000 and publication in the fall issue ofThe Madison Review. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be double-spaced and have 12 point font with standard 1” margins. There is a 30 page maximum.

Only one submission is allowed per person per contest.

Works must be submitted through the SUBMISSIONS MANAGER.

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Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association

Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association

The Golden Archer Award

The Golden Archer Award was originally sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In December of 1994, the sponsorship was assumed by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (formerly WEMA), who revised the awards program as one of its Leadership activities. Marion Archer and Sally Teresinski, the originators of the award, have been apprised of and approve the changes in the awards program. The awards are now given in three age level categories – Primary, Intermediate, and Middle/Junior High. The nominations list is created by the committee based on titles that are selected and read by students in Wisconsin. The first list was created in the fall of 1995, and the first WEMTA winners were announced at WEMTA’s annual spring conference in 1996. The following is the complete list of winners since the beginning of the award.

University of Wisconsin Press

Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

The Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry is awarded annually to the best book-length manuscript of original poetry submitted in an open competition. The award is administered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison English department, and the winner is chosen by a nationally recognized poet. The resulting book is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The prize was founded in 1994 and honors Felix Pollak, a popular Wisconsin poet and former curator of the Rare Book Room and Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Memorial Library. Among his best-known books are The Castle and the Flaw, Tunnel Vision, and Benefits of Doubt.

The Brittingham Prize in Poetry

The Brittingham Prize in Poetry is awarded annually to the best book-length manuscript of original poetry submitted in an open competition. The award is administered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison English Department, and the winner is chosen by a nationally recognized poet. The resulting book is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The Brittingham Prize, awarded annually since 1985, is made possible by the foundation established in the late 1920s with a grant from Thomas E. Brittingham.

The Four Lakes Prize in Poetry

The Four Lakes Prize in Poetry is given annually to one new book of poetry submitted by a past winner of the Brittingham and Pollak competitions, and is selected by an editorial board comprised of poets in the University of Wisconsin’s creative writing program. Submissions to the Brittingham and Pollak competitions by previous winners are automatically considered for The Four Lakes Prize. With this prize the Press will continue to welcome poets new to the series through its annual competitions, while supporting the winners’ further development by publishing new works.

Wisconsin Library Association

Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award

Presented by the Wisconsin Library Association for distinguished achievement in children’s literature.

Cooperative Children's Book Center

Cooperative Children’s Book Center
School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Charlotte Zolotow Award

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year. Established in 1998, the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children’s book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William’s Doll(Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933-36 where she studied with Professor Helen C. White.

The award is administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a children’s literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each year a committee of children’s literature experts selects the winner from the books published in the preceding year. The winner is announced in January each year. A bronze medallion is formally presented to the winning author in the spring during an annual public event that honors the career of Charlotte Zolotow.