Every year Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy's quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, hosts fiction and poetry contests that garners hundreds of submissions from across the state. In addition to securing cash prizes of up to $500 and publication in the magazine, contest winners are featured at an annual reading during the Wisconsin Book Festival. Join us at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville), Erica Kanesaka Kalnay (Madison), and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan), Sean Avery (Madison), and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).
About the Fiction & Poetry 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 enter your short stories and poems in our 2016 contests, which accept submissions via USPS and online from September 1 to December 1, 2015, 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 next year's contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, even a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point.
Meet the 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest Judges
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, The Progressive, and elsewhere. Butler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Released in March of 2014, Butler’s debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs was called “impressively original” by New York Times book critic Janet Maslin and hailed by critic Jonathan Evison as “a sure-footed and unabashedly sentimental first effort that deserves to be among the standouts in this year’s field of fiction debuts.” Read the Wisconsin People & Ideas interview with Nick here.
Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Candito, whose poetry has been published widely, is a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series, a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville, and the co-director of Membership for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
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!