Contest no longer accepting submissions.
Winners will be announced July 2021.
Since 1994, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine has provided annual awards for excellence in Wisconsin-based writing and poetry. Our 2021 fiction and poetry contests, which accept submissions from January 15 to March 15, are now 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, and a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.
We're pleased to announce our 2021 contest judges are Chris Fink (fiction) and Brenda Cardenas (poetry). All contest judging is done blindly and the winning submissions are selected through criteria established by individual judges. The contests are administered by Jason A. Smith, editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Thanks also to the Wisconsin Academy donors, members, and the following sponsors for their support of Wisconsin writers and our annual writing contests: