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Writing Contests


2023 Fiction Contest Guidelines

2023 Poetry Contest Guidelines



Since 1994, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine has sponsored the premiere annual fiction and poetry contests for Wisconsin writers. The contests are open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older. We encourage emerging and established writers to send in their best works of fiction and poetry for a chance to win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, and a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.



Sherry Blakeley, Madison

Emily Bowles, Appleton

Esteban Colon, Kenosha

Steven Espada Dawson, Madison

Marnie Dresser, Spring Green

Adam Fell, Madison

Yvette Viets Flaten, Eau Claire

Janet Jennerjohn, Milwaukee

Robert Johnson, Viroqua

Taylor Kirby, Madison

Samantha Link, Milwaukee

K. E. McCoy, Madison

Michael McGarry Newhall, Milwaukee

Charles Payne, Madison

Amy Phimister, Sturgeon Bay

Matti Powers, Madison

Sakkara Athene Richards, Middleton

Roman Ryan, Madison

Kimberly Lynn Sailor, Mount Horub

Kelly R. Samuels, La Crosse

E. A. Scharenbroch, West Bend

Lailah Shima, Madison

R. B. Simon, Madison

Sheryl Slocum, Milwaukee

William Stobb, Onalaska

Guy Thorvaldsen, Madison

Tori Grant Welhouse, Green Bay

Katherine Yets, St. Francis

Catherine Young, Blue River



Owen Aibric, Milwaukee

Margaret Benbow, Madison

Matt Cashion, La Crosse

Susanna Daniel, Madison

Steve Fox, Hudson

Kathryn Gahl, Brookfield

Elisabeth Harrahy, Oconomowoc

Holly Hilliard, Madison

Nancy Jesse, Madison

C. Kubasta, Mineral Point

Laurel Landis, Wauwatosa

Karen Loeb, Eau Claire

Nina Macheel, Beaver Dam

Tyler Marchant, Stevens Point

Andrew McCuaig, Madison

John Mulvihill, New Glarus

Joseph Rein, River Falls

Kim Suhr, Wales

John Thurgood, Milwaukee

Howard Veregin, Stoughton

Melissa Westemeier, Appleton

Richard Zaborowske, Appleton



Thanks to our 2023 contest judges Debra Monroe (fiction) and Nikki Wallschlaeger (poetry). All contest judging is done blindly and the winning submissions are selected through criteria established by individual judges. The contests are administered by Christopher Chambers, interim editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Thanks also to the Wisconsin Academy donors, members, and the following contest sponsors for their support of Wisconsin writers:





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