2022 Hal Prize Winners Announced

8142 Volume 2 Now Available

After digging through 686 submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction and photography, a team of screeners and four esteemed judges have announced the winners of the 2022 Hal Prize

These winners will be celebrated with the publication of the second volume of 8142 Review, now available for purchase at

Dan Powers of Door County earned first place in the fiction category for his story “Two, Three … Which Is Me?” Fiction judge Joshua Phillip Johnson said of Powers’ submission, “At once moving and challenging, this story uses a thoughtful blend of formal play and remembered narrative to explore complex and complicated issues.”

First place in the nonfiction category went to Brandon Lewis of New York City for his story “By This Shore.” Nonfiction judge Angela Palm Hopkins said, “Curiosity, observation and a stunning sense of place converge beautifully in this essay.”

Annette Langlois Grunseth of Green Bay earned first place in poetry for her poem “Cicadas Can Reach 100 Decibels.” Adrian Matejka, poetry judge, said, “This elegant meditation on nature, mortality and family has stayed with me since the first time I read it.”

The overall winner in the photography category was August Battaglia for his photo “Hidden Birch.” Photography judge Lars Topelmann said, “It is my pick for Best of Show because it was the image that I kept thinking about and enjoyed looking at again and again.”

Read all of the selected stories and poems, and view the top photos in this year’s 8142 Review. In addition to online orders, the 8142 Review is also available at the Peninsula Pulse office at 8142 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. 

2022 Hal Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions


First Place
“Two, Three … Which Is Me?” by Dan Powers
Second Place
"Maginot Line” by Victoria Lynn Smith
Third Place
“Dark Matter” by Steve Tomasko
Honorable Mentions
“Born of Winter” by Audrey He
“El Magnifico” by Alex Wayman

First Place
“By This Shore” by Brandon Lewis
Second Place
“The Wax Woman” by Alison Fromme
Third Place
“A Frayed Thread” by Molly Wick
Honorable Mentions
“The Body of the Law” by David Studebaker
“Dead Body One” by Jane Hillstrom

First Place
“Cicadas Can Reach 100 Decibels” by Annette Langlois Grunseth
Second Place
“Haibun at the Winter Door” by Mary Wehner
Third Place
“Waiting for Janis Joplin” by Patricia Williams
Honorable Mentions
“Steel Mill Explosion, Gary Indiana 1924” by Karen Nystrom
“Practiced Hand” by Sylvia Cavanaugh
“Tips for Teens Painting a Mural on 26th and 15th in Minneapolis” by Patrick Hansel
“Baker’s Secret” by Linda Flaherty Haltmaier
“A Morning” by Christopher Rubio-Goldsmith

Overall Winner
“Hidden Birch” by August Battaglia
First Place
“Spectators on a Bridge” by David Bueschel
Honorable Mentions
“Woman in Cuban Market” by Thomas Jordan
“Day of the Dead Musicians” by Mike Chiaverina
“Old Cuban Cowboy” by Thomas Jordan
First Place
“Halloween Pennant Dragonfly on Twig” by Doug Alderson
Honorable Mentions
“Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in Coastal Texas” by William Shewchuk
“Shall We Dance?” by Martha Farwell
“Scanning” by Martha Farwell
First Place
“Red Beach Umbrella” by William Shewchuk
Honorable Mention
“Onward” by Jeff Lutsey
First Place
“Fog at Sunrise” by Carol Straubel
Honorable Mentions
“Puma Looks Out over Goic Lake, Chile, 2022” by Paul Brooke
“Horizon” by Kayla Larsen
“Shades of the Sands” by Martha Farwell
Black & White
First Place
“Passage of Time” by Emily Roedl
Honorable Mentions
“Scary Cat in the Ruins” by Mike Chiaverina
“Molten Moon Men” by David Bueschel
“Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax)” by Elizabeth Rose