Links to Wisconsin Literary Sites, clubs, organizations, contests, agents, editors, publishers

In progress: see Home page for submission information. Most Wisconsin-based entities accepted.


Check out the online CCBC Directory of Wisconsin Children's Book Creators, which lists information submitted by current residents of Wisconsin who are willing to make appearances at schools, libraries, and elsewhere. The CCBC defines a Wisconsin book creator as a current or former resident of Wisconsin who written or illustrated at least one published book for children or young adults. The CCBC's resources about Wisconsin book creators include audiotapes, videotapes, and annual identification records of published books.

•The Children's Book Awards Committee, Wisconsin Library Association

•The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has regional chapters in most states, including Wisconsin.

•The Children's Book Council members list provides up-to-date names and addresses of publishers, whom you may need to go through in order to contact potential speakers.

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Library of Congress National Bookfest
Green Book Festival
National Black Book Festival


Fox Cities Book Festival (Appleton)
Contact: Tasha Saecker

Northeast Wisconsin Writers Festival (Rice Lake)
UW-Barron County
Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Joel Friederich

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books (Waukesha)
September in 2013

Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival (Mineral Point)
 September 14, 2013
Hosted by Little Creek Press, A Division of Kristin Mitchell Design, LLC
5341 Sunny Ridge Road
Mineral Point, WI 53565
608.987.3370 | 608.553.1953 cell

Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival (Fort Atkinson)
October 10-11, 2014
Contact: Friends of Lorine Niedecker, Inc.

Wisconsin Book Festival (Madison)
October 16-19, 2014

“The Cradle of American Haiku” Festival (Mineral Point) (last update, 2010)

Chippewa Valley Book Festival (Eau Claire)
October 13-19, 2014
Contact: L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival
October 10-14, 2014

Edgerton Sterling North Book Festival (Edgerton)
October - Last information:
Call 608-884-3151 or 608-868-7241

Great Lakes Writers Festival (Lakeland College-rural Sheboygan)

Spring Green Literary Festival (not updated since 2012)

For a complete schedule of nature and birding opportunities, books, photography and writing opportunities, call 715-343-6221 or visit:


Email submissions of 3-5 poems or prose pieces of up to 750 words to Send hard copy with an SASE to Signe Jorgenson, c/o General Studies Division, Lakeland College, PO Box 359, Sheboygan, WI, 53082.

Creative Wisconsin
Quarterly online member magazine of the Wisconsin  Writers Association for submission guidelines

Wisconsin People & Ideas
Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only quarterly magazine in the state that regularly features Wisconsin writers and Wisconsin fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays--all in one place!

Annual Short story and Poetry contest from the Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters.
Due: December 15
Fee: $15, Academy members; $20 non-members
Prizes: $500 first place
Question about the 2011 short story contest? Contact Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas at 608-263-1692.

Professional and Hobby Writing Organizations

Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) - The statewide affiliate of the International Reading Association works to promote excellence in reading at the state level by "providing leadership in addressing issues and trends in reading and language arts to inform educators, families and community."

Wisconsin Writers Association

Council for Wisconsin Writers

Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters

Wisconsin Romance Writers of America

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Wisconsin Chapter


Book Sale Finder:

Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters

Area connections on the Internet:
Fox Valley:

Major Wisconsin newspapers:

Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Madison Capital-Times


Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Orange Hat Publishers
Crickhollow Books
Little Creek Press

For help with your self-publishing project:
Word Services Unlimited


Diana Schramer, Write Way Copyediting
Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary
Lisa Lickel, editing services

Independent Booksellers

Wisconsin Indie List


The Wisconsin Public Library System Portal:

Wisconsin Public Library Association:
Special libraries/library areas devoted to writers/writing:

•The Milwaukee Public Library's Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame

•The Milwaukee Public Library's Wisconsin Children's Authors and Illustrators pages

Writing Workshops

Red Bird/Red Oak Studios

All Writers Workshop

Woodland Patterns

Book Clubs

Book Promotion Sites

Book Review Sites