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Announcing new manuscript acquisitions 2023

WTAW is proud to announce its new imprint BETTY 

Books by women

for everyone

Our innovative publishing model creates a true partnership between authors and the publisher. Learn more.


Announcing the Kevin McIlvoy Book Prize

In honor of Kevin "Mc" McIlvoy, who passed away suddenly on September 30, 2022, WTAW has established the annual Kevin Mc McIlvoy Book Prize for an unpublished book of prose. The award will offer a $2500 cash prize, publication, and a book contract with royalties. The first competition will open for submissions September 30 and run through November 15, 2023. Nina McConigley, Joan Silber, and Peter Turchi will judge. 

Mc was the author of One Kind Favor, a novel he said he knew was the most important work of his life. During six decades of commitment to his art, he published five other novels: At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo) , Hyssop (TriQuarterly Press), Little Peg (Antheneum/Macmillan), The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books), and A Waltz (Lynx House Press); a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf); a book of short fictions and prose poems, 57 Octaves Below Middle C (Four Way Books); and, most recently, numerous poems. His short fiction appeared in Harper’s, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, and many other literary magazines. 


Find Kevin McIlvoy's novel One Kind Favor and more great books in our bookshop.


WTAW will proudly publish Kevin McIlvoy's last book of fiction IS IT SO? GLIMPSES, GLYPHS & FOUND NOVELS on November 7, 2023. 

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WTAW invites you our first
Why There Are Words Summer Reading
since 2020. July 27, at 5:30 pm PDT.

Join us for a tasty sampling of our featured readers’ oeuvres.

The online event is free but you must register to attend. We can't wait to see you!
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