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After careful consideration and research, the Wisconsin Writers Association board of directors has agreed to inaugurate a traditional royalty-paying book publishing program: Wisconsin Writers Association Press.

The Wisconsin Writers Association Press will initially aid WWA member authors in following through with our organization goals to help writers learn, grow, and publish in the literary field. The Wisconsin Writers Association Press will establish a prestige specifically for Wisconsin Writers who tell Wisconsin-themed stories and will provide a publishing platform currently unavailable to Wisconsin writers.

For our opening, we will publish one full-length novel, and one full-length non-fiction book.

The search is on!

  • Submissions for manuscripts are open from July 1 to December 1, 2021.
  • Submission guidelines should be studied and followed carefully.
  • FAQs section follows.
  • For specific questions not found in the guidelines or the FAQs, please email submit@wiwrite.org.


What We Publish

WWA Press welcomes original material of good quality that celebrates and explores all walks of life and for all ages, be it historical, fictional, nonfiction, lyrical, or speculative. We will not consider pornographic or erotic material, nor will we tolerate any racist material or hate speech. 


Submissions

For our initial launch, submissions will be accepted from WWA members only. 

Authors should submit samples of new, original work in English that is complete  or will be complete by December 1, 2021. The work should be tied to Wisconsin in some way.

Material published by the WWA press will not be eligible for the Jade Ring or any other WWA contests. 

Fiction
The Press will consider most genres or literary works. The best lengths for works in fiction is 60,000 - 100,000 words. If you have specific questions about your genre, please ask before submitting. Questions can be sent to submit@wiwrite.org.

Nonfiction
The Press will consider work in all areas that focus on promoting Wisconsin life, culture, history, biography, poetry, essays, or combinations thereof. Full-length work of 40,000 - 80,000 words is preferred. Collections of poetry and essays or children's books will be considered on a case basis. 


Considerations and Timeline

  • Material that has been previously published in the form of essays or blogs, but not sold in other formats, will be considered.
  • At this time we cannot consider graphic or comic book material unless art is provided, or books of photography due to costs, or children's books with unusual formatting such as popup or non-paper material. 
  • Submitted material not following our guidelines will not be considered as a matter of course. We will do our best to get back to you within six weeks; however, due to our publishing model, if we indicate interest in your project, we ask for the right to reserve your material for publication consideration through December 1, 2021, at which time we will either offer a contract or release your material. You may submit to other venues during this time; however, if you accept a contract elsewhere, we ask for courtesy notification.
  • Within six weeks, we will let you know whether we’d like to see your entire manuscript or not. It may also be possible to resubmit for future consideration. For our initial launch, preference will be given to work that needs little editing. All final decisions will be made by December 15, 2021 and contracts will be offered. Wisconsin Writers Association Press reserves the right not to publish should submissions not meet preferred requirements. 
  • The first contract will be for short-term rights.
  • There are no fees to submit or publish.
  • See FAQs section for more information.


How to Submit

    Authors should submit a one-page cover letter which includes the following information and attach the first 50 pages of your manuscript. 

    • Author name/pen name
    • 200-word author bio (third person)
    • How are you involved with WWA?
    • Title 
    • Page length
    • Genre
    • Audience
    • 10 keywords
    • 50 word summary
    • 450 word sample back cover blurb
    • 1000 word complete synopsis
    • Sales contacts and promotional ideas (Minimum of 10)
    • Endorsers or writers of foreword/afterword ideas and contact information if applicable
    • Know that you can provide the names and contact information of at least 5 reviewers who can review your book at the time of publication or soon after.
    • Previous publications (if any)

    Ready to submit? Email: submit@wiwrite.org

    Questions? See our FAQ page for more details. 

       

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