Announcing the 2020 Hal Prize Judges

The judges of the Peninsula Pulse’s 2020 Hal Prize contest in poetry, prose and photography will be Coburn Dukehart, digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; novelist Jane Hamilton; author and Lawrence University professor David McGlynn; and poet Ed Bok Lee.

Conducted annually since 1998, the Hal Prize seeks to encourage and honor artistic expression in various literary forms and photography.

In previous years, the contest winners’ profiles and work were published in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue. This year, this content will instead be published in the Pulse’s new literary magazine, 8142 Review: an annual, freestanding publication that will focus on creativity and the literary world. Cash awards of up to $250 and a week’s stay at Write On, Door County will be awarded.

The Hal Prize is presented in collaboration with Write On, Door County, a nonprofit organization that promotes writing and reading to year-round and seasonal county residents.

The entry deadline is May 1, 2020. All submissions will be accepted digitally. To review the complete submission guidelines and submit your creative work, visit

About the Judges

Jane Hamilton, Fiction

Jane Hamilton lives, works and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, earned the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second book, Map of the World, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top 10 books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald and People magazine.

David McGlynn, Nonfiction

David McGlynn

David McGlynn is the author of three books. A Door in the Ocean won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Nonfiction Book Award in 2013 and was named an Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association. His story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, won the 2008 Utah Book Award, was a finalist for the 2009 Steven Turner Award for Best First Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named an Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association. His most recent book, One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood, was published in 2018. His writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Real Simple, Parents, the New York Times, Swimmer, Best American Sports Writing, O: The Oprah Magazine and numerous literary journals.

Ed Bok Lee, Poetry

Ed Bok Lee

Ed Bok Lee is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Mitochondrial Night, which explores familial and national legacies, and their persistence across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. He is the son of North and South Korean immigrants: His mother was a refugee from what is now North Korea; his father was raised during the Japanese colonial period and Korean War in what is now South Korea. Ed Bok Lee’s honors include the American Book Award, Minnesota Book Award, Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice) and a PEN/Open Book Award. He teaches at Metropolitan State University, and for two decades has taught programs for youth, communities of color and the incarcerated. 

Coburn Dukehart, Photography

Coburn Dukehart

Coburn Dukehart has spent almost 20 years pursuing the craft of photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. She is the digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former senior photo editor at National Geographic. She’s also been the picture and multimedia editor at National Public Radio, a photo editor and multimedia producer at and a photo editor at, and she interned in the White House photo office. Dukehart holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri; has earned multimedia honors from the Webbys, WHNPA, NPPA, POYi and the Edward R. Murrow awards; and has been nominated for a national Emmy.