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Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction & Poetry Contest Reading

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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 a reading during the Wisconsin Book Festival.  Here's a video of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville) and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan) and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).

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.


Kathleen A. Dale was born in Kansas, though she has lived on the shore of Lake Michigan for many years. She and her husband have three grown daughters and two grandsons.

Kathryn Gahl’s favorite things (besides words) are cooking, humor, Feldenkrais, open minds, red lipstick, and dancing mad hot ballroom. Her awards include The Hal Prize for fiction and poetry.

Nikki Kallio worked as a newspaper journalist on both coasts before coming home to Wisconsin, where she is now a freelance writer, editor, and writing instructor.

On June 15, 2020, Lisa Vihos was named by the mayor of Sheboygan as the city’s first poet laureate. Lisa has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and several awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

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