Deck the Hall

The Chicago Writers Association invites you to join us Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, for a post-holiday celebration to benefit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. 

We'll have special guest authors, readings, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Your ticket gets you unlimited specialty beer selections (Founders, Chimay and Hofbrau) and hearty appetizers (hot wings, grilled cheese bites, hot spinach and cheese dips, and a vegetable tray). An appetizer-only, cash bar option is also available at a discounted ticket price of $15 for members  and $20 for non-members.

We encourage you to buy tickets in advance. All tickets are $5 more if purchased at the door. 

Money raised will help to build the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. The funds will go to pay: basic infrastructure cost such as Web site development and maintenance; planning and production of the first induction ceremony; acquisition of literary artifacts for the traveling exhibit; and marketing. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is a project of the Chicago Writers Association, a federally-registered 501(c)(3) voluntary, not-for-profit organization. Visit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Web site for more information.


STOCKYARD Magazine seeks writings, interns

STOCKYARD is an American online cultural magazine that focuses on society, politics, art, and literature. While the magazine’s articles often center on its native Chicago, STOCKYARD fascinates readers from across the nation and around the world. It publishes highly stylized reportage, commentary, reviewing, fiction and poetry, satire, narrative nonfiction, and art.

Launched in 2008, the magazine takes its name from the Union Stockyards, whose cleavers helped the City of the Big Shoulders hack its way to national import. In this spirit, STOCKYARD reports on a variety of both gritty and glamorous urban interests; a genuinely Chicago publication, it tackles both the high and the low—stripping the city, and America, all the way down.


STOCKYARD accepts previously unpublished pieces of narrative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and humor. All prospective contributors should direct their submissions to the Department of Writing.

The subject line of all submission emails should indicate the genre(s) of the work(s) attached. STOCKYARD prefers to receive only three submissions per author semi-annually, and only through electronic submission.


Stockyard Media, Inc. is always looking for talented and discerning individuals who want to learn the art, and who don't fear the madness, of crafting a magazine in Chicago. Those who wish to apply for our unpaid internships should contact the Department of Human Resources for more information

While Stockyard Media, Inc. is not actively hiring any full- or part-time employees, individuals interested in those types of positions should submit an inquiry to the Department of Human Resources.


Meet the Authors 

Check out the photo journal from Meet the Authors Day, held October 17, 2009 at the Beverly Library in Chicago.  Thanks to the participating authors: Cynthia Clampitt, Mary Wagner, Michael Weeks, Michael Gardner, Jeff Lyon, Gracie Hill, Rachel Madorsky, Susanna Lang and JoAnn Fastoff. And special thanks to Jennifer Brown Banks for making this event happen. It was not only educational; it was a lot of fun.


The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame 

Web site launched, nominees announced

Who are Chicago’s all-time literary stars?

That’s the question the newly launched Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is trying to answer.

"Chicago has such a deep and rich literary tradition, and we felt that it was long overdue to properly honor the literary heavyweights whose words best captured the essence of this great city," said Randy Richardson, president of the nonprofit Chicago Writers Association, which is spearheading the project.

The group kicked off the project with the unveiling of a new Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Web site,, and announcement of the 27 writers nominated for induction into the inaugural class, scheduled to take place a year from now, in the fall of 2010.

Out of those 27 nominated, six will be inducted. The job of whittling it down is in the hands of the five-member selection panel consisting of some of Chicago's greatest living writers and scholars including Achy Obejas, Haki Madhubuti, Stuart Dybek, William Savage and Rosellen Brown.

Thirteen leaders of Chicago's literary community chose the writers who are in the running for induction. The only criteria were that the writers could not be living and must have had a strong connection to Chicago.

"We wanted this first induction class to honor only those writers who have completed their lives and careers," said Donald G. Evans, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. "The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame plans to host an annual induction ceremony to honor selected writers, with the ceremony expanding each year to include living writers, popular writers, children’s writers, and other important contributors to the city’s rich literary heritage.”

On the list of nominees this year are names synonymous with Chicago. They have streets and awards and foundations in their names.

Gwendolyn Brooks received the most support among all nominees, being named on eight ballots. Nelson Algren and Saul Bellow were next (seven ballots each), and then Richard Wright (six). Studs Terkel, Harriet Monroe and Mike Royko each receive five nominations, with Carl Sandburg and Lorraine Hansberry garnering four and Ben Hecht three. Shel Silverstein, Jane Addams, Leon Forrest and Theodore Dreiser and Ernest Hemingway each received two nominations.

Rounding out the nomination class of 2010 were 12 writers, each receiving a single nomination: James T. Farrell, Ida B. Wells, John Callaway, Edna Ferber, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Lee Masters, Sherwood Anderson, Franklin Rosemont, Fenton Johnson, Oscar Brown, Jr., Cyrus Colter and Norman Maclean.


Book donations for literacy

Our friends at the Florida Writers Association are holding a silent auction to raise funds to promote literacy and are looking for book donation from authors. This is from Shara Smock, FWA Secretary and also CWA member:

“We would love if you could contribute one or more of your books (especially signed ones, if possible). Florida Writers Foundation is sponsoring the tote bags for the entire conference, so if you’d like to add anything to the tote bags (catalogs, coupons, etc), we’d be happy to do that for you. We anticipate a crowd of 250 people at the Florida Writers Conference October 23-25.

We are advertising the donors by linking a photo of the book with the donor’s URL. It’s posted on this year’s Silent Auction website.”

All funds collected go to the cause. If you are an author that can help them out, please do. Anyone interested can contact the Florida Writers Association for details.