Two Books from UWSP's Cornerstone Press Honored at 20th Annual Best Book Awards
Stevens Point, November 2023 – American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of THE 20th ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS (BBA), one of the world's largest international book award programs for mainstream, indie, and self-published titles. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Steve Fox's Sometimes Creek (Cornerstone Press 2023) was announced as the winner in the category of Fiction: Short Story, awarded to the outstanding story collection from 2021–2023. Nikki Kallio's Finding the Bones: A Novella & Stories (Cornerstone Press 2023) was named a finalist in the same category. Fox hails from Hudson, Wisconsin, while Kallio lives in Waupaca, Wisconsin.
“Cornerstone Press is proud to have not one, but two collections honored by the American Book Fest this year," said press publisher Ross Tangedal, who is also an Associate Professor of English at UWSP. “Steve Fox and Nikki Kallio are brilliant writers, and to have their work honored in this way is a testament to their talent. We are especially proud of Steve for winning the category—his outstanding work will no doubt continue to be recognized and discovered by readers all over the country thanks to this award."
Cornerstone Press publishes roughly 30 titles per year in short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, with UWSP students serving as staff members in editorial, design, and media/sales. “Neither book would exist without the committed students that work for the press," Tangedal added. “This is a banner moment for the press, our honored writers, and our student staff."
Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year's contest yielded thousands of entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.
Winners and finalists of this year's contest join a prestigious group of past laureates, including Pope Francis, Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, George Saunders, Julie Andrews, Clive Barker, Vanessa Williams, and many others.
Full results for the 20th Annual Best Book Awards can be found at: https://www.americanbookfest.com/2023bbafullresults.html