Hal Prize Deadline is Sept. 15

Last days to enter Door County’s premier writing and photography contest

The deadline to submit writing and photography for the Hal Prize is coming fast. Writers, poets and photographers have until Sept. 15 to submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography to the 23rd edition of the prize, presented by the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County.

First-place awardees in all categories will receive $250 and a Hal Prize mug made by Clay Bay Pottery; second-place winners will receive $100; and third place comes with a $50 award. In addition, winners’ work will be published in the inaugural 8142 Review, a new literary journal published by the Peninsula Pulse that will be released in November. Winners will receive a copy of the 8142 Review and also have their work published in an issue of the Peninsula Pulse, with distribution to more than 25,000 readers. 

All winners will be notified by Oct. 22, and the public announcement will be released with the publication of 8142 Review.

This year’s judges are Mark Wunderlich (poetry), a member of the literature faculty at Bennington College and the author of four books of poetry; Lan Samantha Chang (fiction), director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of three books and a collection of short fiction; Faith Adiele (nonfiction), a Pen Award winner and Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun; and as the photography judges, the daughter/father team of Coburn Dukehart, multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and Tad Dukehart, who retired to Door County after a 40-year career in news photography in Washington, D.C. 

Visit to find out more and submit work in the fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography categories. Read Q&As with this year’s judges at

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