Publisher Reveals Cover for Wright Awards

An independent micro-publisher of histories and poetry, often centered on the voices and military experiences of the American Midwest, has revealed the cover of a forthcoming anthology of prose and poetry collecting five years’ of winners and finalists curated by editors of the Chicago-based non-profit literary journal Line of Advance.

“We’re very pleased to again work with Battlefield Designs for the cover of an anthology we're calling Our Best War Stories,” says Randy Brown, editor-publisher of the Iowa-based Middle West Press LLC. “Designer Paul Hewitt artfully delivered a compelling visual concept, one that gives tribute to the experiences of service members, veterans, and families—from all eras, branches, and theaters. This book will be a significant benchmark of creative story-telling around the contemporary military experience.

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Since 2016, the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Writing Awards have annually recognized excellence in prose (includes fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid forms) and poetry by U.S. military service members and veterans. In 2020, organizers announced additional prose and poetry categories for immediate family members of U.S. military service members and veterans.

Cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 are available in each “service member/veteran” and “family” group, for a total of four categories.

Submissions for the 2020 Darron L. Wright awards opened May 1, 2020 and will close May 31, 2020. This year’s guest judge is fiction-writer Katey Schultz, author of the short-story collection Flashes of War (2013) and the Afghan War novel Still Come Home. (2019).

Winners will be notified not later than Aug. 31, 2020. For more information visit:

To enter the contest via Submittable, visit:

The print and e-book anthology forthcoming in October 2020 will collect the winning entries from the first five years (2016-2020) of the competition, including this year’s finalists.

Administered by the Line of Advance since 2016, and underwritten by the Blake and Bailey Foundation, the Darron L. Wright Awards commemorate a U.S. Army leader and author who was killed in a September 2013 parachute training accident. Darron L. Wright, 45, had deployed three times to Iraq, and was author of a 2012 memoir Iraq Full Circle: From Shock and Awe to the Last Combat Patrol in Baghdad and Beyond.

Based in Gloucester, England, Battlefield Design offers more than 25 years of graphic design experience and particular expertise in military-themed logos, branding, advertising, brochures, maps, book covers, museum displays, and more. For more information, visit:

Middle West Press LLC is a Johnston, Iowa-based editor and publisher of non-fiction, fiction, journalism, and poetry, with projects that feature the unique voices of the American Midwest. As an independent micro-press, it publishes one to four titles annually. Titled Our Best War Stories, the Line of Advance Darron L. Wright Awards anthology will be the sixth of its titles involving war and military themes.


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