Book of the Year Contest Submissions Open on June 1st

If you have a book that was published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 you may submit it to the CWA Book of the Year Awards. The contest is open to members and non-members, to authors and publishers.

We accept submissions in four categories:

Traditional Fiction


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Successful Website for Authors Workshop - September 23, 2023

Learn about what it takes to publish a book—from writing your story to how to handle your fears of becoming a published author.

Registration is now open. Sessions range from complimentary to $20 per session. Registration is required for all. Paid sessions are $15 for members…

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CWA Presents: An Interview with Michael Kutza

Join us for CWA Presents... an in-person conversation on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.

CWA Presents host Sandra Colbert interviews the founder of the Chicago International Film Festival, Michael Kutza, about his memoir, “Starstruck: How I magically transformed Chicago into Hollywood…

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CWA Presents…Zoom Interview, Kathleen Rooney, December 13, 2021

CWA Presents...Interview with Author Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is the author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and O, Democracy, just to name a few of her many works. She is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems…

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CWA Presents… February 12, 2021

Join us on Saturday, February 12, 2021 for CWA Presents... Zoom Edition as CWA Board member Sandra Colbert interviews two 2020 winners of the Book of the Year Awards: Elizabeth Wetmore, the author of Valentine and Jacqueline Saper, author of From Miniskirt to Hijab.

This event is free and…

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A No-Holds Barred Tour of Modern Publishing

The publishing landscape has changed a lot in the past decade. There’s never been a better time to be an author, but there’s never been a more confusing time, either. What’s the difference between traditional and self-publishing? What does an agent do? Is a publisher the same thing as…

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The winners of CWA’s 4th Annual First Chapter Contest announced

A snowy day in a Minnesota farm town. A chase ensues through the eyes of alternating characters. This sets the stage for secrets to be exposed for the winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s 4th Annual First Chapter Contest. Bill Mathis’ opening chapter to “Revenge is Necessary” captured first place.…

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CWA’s 4th Annual First Chapter Contest Open for Entries

Are you currently writing an original work of fiction? Submit up to 10 pages of the first chapter of your book to CWA's 4th Annual First Chapter Contest.

First prize is a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 17 to 23, 2020, at the…

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7th Annual Summer Social, July 27th

Members, non-members, friends, colleagues and guests are invited to join the IWPA and Chicago Writers Association for en evening of literature, conversation, storytelling, food and drink. Click here for more details and RSVP instructions. We look forward to seeing you!

July 27, 2019
7:00 - 10:00 pm

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Join CWA under the tent at Printers Row!

For the sixth consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association has applied for a full tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which will be held Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. We invite our member authors and book sellers to join us under the tent.

We are…

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