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

In progress: please feel free to connect with me (click) or through the contact form to offer updates and other suggestions.


Check out the online CCBC Directory of Wisconsin Children's Book Center, 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.

Wisconsin Bookworms - for advancing children's literacy


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 1254, Sheboygan, WI 53082.

Creative Wisconsin
Annual anthology of the Wisconsin  Writers Association for submission guidelines

Wisconsin People and Ideas
Wisconsin People and Ideas (Publications tab) 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.

For Published Work: Council for Wisconsin Writers (see below)
For Unpublished Work: Wisconsin Writers Association (see below)

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

Wisconsin Bookworms - for advancing children's literacy


Book Sale Finder:

Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters

The Combined Book Exhibit:

Wisconsin Center for the Book:

Major Wisconsin newspapers:

Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Madison Capital-Times

PUBLISHERS (Please understand there is a difference between traditional royalty-paying publishers who do not charge to publish your work; vanity or fee-based publishers who charge fees to publish your work, and self-publishing)

Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Orange Hat Publishers
Crickhollow Books
Little Creek Press
Cable Publishing
Water’s Edge Press

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


Red Sofa Literary

Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary
Christine Keleny, CK Books Publishing
Lisa Lickel, editing services
Barry Wrightman, consulting and editing, voice-overs

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

Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc.

Red Bird/Red Oak Studios

All Writers Workshop

Woodland Pattern Book Store, Milwaukee

UW-Madison Continuing Education Writing Workshops and Retreats
Writer's Institute Pathways to Publication, WU-Madison

Driftless Writing Center, Viroqua

Book Clubs

Book Promotion Sites

Book Review Sites