The Notable Wisconsin Authors project promotes a greater awareness of the state's literary heritage through the recognition of selected authors based on these guidelines:
1. A Wisconsin author is considered as one who was born in Wisconsin, or is currently living in Wisconsin or lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
2. To be eligible, an author must have written a work or works which are a contribution to the world of literature and ideas.
3. No set number of authors need to be honored in any given year; however, no more than three living authors will be recognized each year.
Bio-bibliographies of the authors are prepared by members of the WLA Literary Awards Committee and Children's Book Award Committee.