Hal Prize Judge Visits Door County June 24-25

Joshua Phillip Johnson, fiction judge for the 2022 Hal Prize, will visit Door County for a weekend of events June 24-25. The author of The Forever Sea lives in Minnesota and teaches English and creative writing at a small university.

Johnson’s first stop here will be a book signing June 24, 4-5 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, where you can welcome the author, get your book signed and learn more about the Hal Prize.

On June 25, 10-11 am, Johnson will offer a world-building workshop at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. His talk and interactive workshop will include discussions of speculative literature, climate/nature narratives and world-building. He will lead the group in a world-building exercise to explore the fun, value and power that fantasy literature can bring to climate-related discussions. The event, geared toward young adults and adults, will end with a Q&A session.

Lastly, Johnson will join the June 25 Open Door Pride celebration at Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park with a book signing, 12-2 pm. While enjoying the festivities, stop by to chat with the author and learn about 8142 Review – where the top Hal Prize selections appear – and get a copy of volume one, published in 2021.

The Hal Prize is a creative-writing and photography contest presented by the Peninsula Pulse; Write On, Door County; and Peninsula School of Art. Learn more about the contest and submit work at


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