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Writing Contests


Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best fiction and poetry from around the state, and now it's your chance to make your mark on Wisconsin's literary scene. Click on the appropriate category to learn how to enter your short stories and poems in our contests, which are accepting submissions via USPS and online from September 1 to December 1, 2016, and are open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older. Send in your best works of poetry and fiction to win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a slot at the 2017 contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, even a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.

Fiction Submissions   Poetry Submissions

Visit our Fiction Contest page and Poetry Contest page for prize details and complete contest rules and submission guidelines before you send in your works via USPS or through our online submission page. These contests are brought to you by the Wisconsin Academy with support from our contest sponsors below. We thank them for their support!

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Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

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Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500