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Latest manuscript acquisitions 2023

Results of the 1st annual Kevin McIlvoy Book Prize

In honor of Kevin "Mc" McIlvoy, who passed away suddenly on September 30, 2022, WTAW established the annual Kevin Mc McIlvoy Book Prize for an unpublished book of prose. The prize offers a $2500 cash prize, publication, and a book contract with royalties. The first competition opened for submissions September 30 and closed November 15, 2023. Nina McConigley, Joan Silber, and Peter Turchi were the final judges. 

At the time of his death, 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.

On November 7, 2023, WTAW proudly published Kevin McIlvoy's last book of fiction, Is It So? Glimpses, Glyphs & Found Novels. Is It So? showcases the Kevin McIlvoy's artistic dedication to the irreal, the carnivalesque, to ghost stories, fairy tales and the very short form—to writing that thrives in the edges, margins, and borderlands. Is It So? is available in our bookshop, in print and in ebook, and at all your favorite bookstores.


Results of the first Kevin McIlvoy Book Prize are now in.

Update on Submissions to Betty, our new imprint

Books by women for everyone

An imprint of WTAW Press, Betty celebrates and champions the diversity of women’s voices, stories, and perspectives. Learn more.

Betty opened for submissions from women writers from December 1 through December 31, 2023.  We are making deliberations about submissions and look forward to sharing more information soon. In the meantime, sign up for Betty's newsletter to stay current and to join a vibrant community of readers and writers. Be part of the adventure!

Update on our new subscription program

Many thanks to those who jumped into our new subscription program

In preparation for the many new WTAW books to come in the 2024-2026 seasons, we asked you to partner with us to reach our goals to publish and support more books that matter—books that move, compel, inspire, and entertain—and to discover and champion voices from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.


You showed up, and we're so grateful for your partnership and support. Soon, many subscribers will receive a signed copy of Life Span, a powerful, moving, and entertaining memoir by Molly Giles. We can't wait for this moving, buoyant, and funny book to show up in your mailbox. 

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