WLA LITERARY AWARDS

The Literary Awards Committee and the Children's Book Awards Committee select outstanding published works by Wisconsin-connected authors. The WLA Literary Awards Committee is responsible for the selection of the WLA Literary Award, Outstanding Books of the Year, and Notable Wisconsin Authors.The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section is responsible for the selection of the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, Outstanding Books of the Year, and Notable Wisconsin Authors/Illustrators. 


Literary Awards for Works Published for Adults

WLA Literary Award 
This award is for the highest literary achievement by an author with a Wisconsin connection, for a work written in the previous year.

Outstanding Achievement Award
These are Wisconsin authors & illustrators recognized for outstanding achievement for books published in the previous year.

Notable Wisconsin Authors
Notable Wisconsin Authors is an annual project funded through the WLA Foundation which honors Wisconsin authors, past and present, for their literary contributions. The Wisconsin Library Association hopes to promote a greater awareness of the state's literary heritage through this recognition.

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Literary Awards for Works Published for Youth 

Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
Awarded to the most distinguished work in children’s and young adult literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award is made possible by the Worzalla Publishing Company, Stevens Point, through a grant to the WLA Foundation.

Outstanding Children's Books of the Year
Noteworthy honor titles are selected for Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature, written and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators.

Notable Wisconsin Children's Authors
Notable Wisconsin Children's Authors is an annual project funded through the WLA Foundation which honors Wisconsin authors, past and present, for their literary contributions. The Wisconsin Library Association hopes to promote a greater awareness of the state's literary heritage through this recognition. 

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Submission Criteria 

Criteria for the, WLA Literary Award, the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, and the Outstanding Achievement include:

  1. Publication in the year preceding the year of presentation;
  2. recognition of a single work, not for the body of an author’s/illustrator’s work; and
  3. the work must be written or illustrated by a person who was born in Wisconsin, is currently living in Wisconsin, or who lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time. 

Criteria for the Notable Wisconsin Authors Award include:

  1. To be eligible, an author must have written a work or works which are a contribution to the world of literature and ideas; and
  2. the work must be written or illustrated by a person who was born in Wisconsin, is currently living in Wisconsin, or who lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
  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.

Bio-bibliographies of the authors are prepared by members of the WLA Literary Awards Committee and Children's Book Award Committee.

Nominations may be sent electronically to [email protected] or via regular mail to the current chair of the Literary Awards Committee or the Children's Book Awards Committee at any time.

Literary Awards Committee or Children's Book Awards Committee
Wisconsin Library Association
4610 South Biltmore Lane, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53718