Milkweed Editions

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Milkweed Editions
Founded 1980
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. It releases twelve to twenty new books each year in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Milkweed is one of two nonprofit presses that publish children’s literature.[1] Milkweed Editions annually awards two prizes for fiction writing: the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature and one prize for poetry.


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.[citation needed] 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.[2] The current CEO and Publisher of Milkweed Editions is Daniel Slager.[3]

Milkweed Prizes[edit]

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry was established in 2011 by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Submissions for this regional prize are accepted only from poets residing in the states of the Upper Midwest. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract.[4] The 2013 winner was Rebecca Dunham.[5]

The Milkweed National Fiction Prize is awarded for the best general fiction by a writer not previously published by Milkweed. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract. Winners have included Kira Henehan, David Rhodes Gary Amdahl, Seth Kantner Susan Power, Laura Pritchett, Larry Watson Tony Ardizzone and Susan Straight. [6]

Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature is awarded for the best fiction for middle-grade readers, ages 8 to 13, by a writer not previously published by Milkweed.The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract. 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.[7] Winners have included Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Ellie Mathews, and Natasha Friend [8]


  1. ^ "Poets & Writers Profile". 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  2. ^ Wood, Turner (2001-11-01). "The Mighty Pen". Retrieved 2015-09-12. 
  3. ^ Kirch, Claire (2012-04-20). "The Maturing of Milkweed". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2015-09-12. 
  4. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (2013-04-11). "Lindquist & Vennum Prize For Poetry". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry". Milkweed Editions. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Milkweed National Fiction Prize". Milkweed Editions. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
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  8. ^ "Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature". Milkweed Editions. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 

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