Milkweed Editions

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Milkweed Editions
Founded 1979
Founder Emilie Buchwald and R.W. Scholes
Successor Daniel Slager
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Minneapolis
Distribution Publishers Group West
Publication types Books
Fiction genres fiction, nonfiction, young adult, poetry
Official website

Milkweed Editions is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher founded in Minneapolis in 1980.


Milkweed was co-founded by Emilie Buchwald and R.W. Scholes. Buchwald initially started Milkweed as a journal called The Milkweed Chronicle as a venue for local writers and artists in Minneapolis. By the mid-1980s the project evolved into Milkweed Editions.

Milkweed combined forces with Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Loft Literary Center to purchase an old warehouse in downtown Minneapolis to house each organization. They named the warehouse the Open Book. Ruminator, an independent bookstore, also called Open Book home until 2003 when it closed the Open Book store.

In 1993, Milkweed initiated a program for young readers to reach out to elementary school children and encourage reading habits. The program provides books, teachings guides, and writing activities.

Buchwald retired in 2003 and H. Emerson Blake was hired as editor-in-chief to work alongside managing editor Hilary Reeves. Blake stepped down in June 2005 for personal reasons and was succeeded by former Harcourt editor Daniel Slager. Slager was named Publisher and CEO in 2007.[1]

Milkweed publishes between 15-20 books each year. It is estimated that there are currently more than one million Milkweed books in circulation.[citation needed]

The Milkweed Prize Milkweed Editions periodically awards two prizes for fiction writing: the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature. The prizes are awarded for the best general fiction and for the best fiction for middle-grade readers, ages 8 to 13, by a writer not previously published by Milkweed.


Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature[edit]

The goal of the Prize for Children's Literature is to encourage both writers of children’s literature and writers of books for adults to turn their attention to creating books for this discriminating and important group of readers.[3]



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