FICTION & POETRY CONTESTS OPEN JANUARY 15, 2019
Get the recogniton for your writing that you deserve. Submit your short stories and poems to our annual fiction and poetry contests, which are open to all Wisconsin writers age 18 and older. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. First-place winners in both categories also receive a one-week writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. The first-place fiction winner's story, as well as poems by the first- through third-place winners, appear in the Fall 2019 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas (second- through third-place stories and honorable mention poems appear in subsequent issues).
Our 2019 contests will be judged by Tom Miller (fiction) and Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), as well as by preliminary contest judges CX Dillhunt and John Lehman. All contest judging is done blindly and the winning submissions are selected on criteria established by individual judges.
Visit our Fiction Contest page and Poetry Contest page for prize details and complete contest rules and submission guidelines. These contests are brought to you with support from Wisconsin Academy donors, members, and the following contest sponsors: