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Writing Contests


Get the attention your writing deserves through our fiction and poetry contests! Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine hosts annual writing contests for Wisconsin residents age 18 and over that provide cash, prizes, and publication. First-place winners in the Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction and poetry contests each receive $500 and one-week artist residencies at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Second-place winners receive $250 and third-place winners receive $100. First- through third-place winning stories and poOPOENems are published in print and online issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, and all award-winning writers are invited to read their work at a special Wisconsin Book Festival event.

Fiction Submissions Go Here       Poetry Submissions Go Here

Visit our Fiction Contest page and Poetry Contest page for prize details and complete contest rules and submission guidelines. Our 2020 contest judges are Chloe Benjamin (fiction) and Oscar Mireles (poetry). All contest judging is done blindly and the winning submissions are selected through criteria established by individual judges. Thanks also to the Wisconsin Academy donors, members, and the following sponsors for their support of Wisconsin writers and our annual contests:

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