Introducing the Norbert Blei Literary Award

The Norbert Blei Literary Award to honor the late renowned Door County author Norbert Blei has been created and the deadline for first entries in short story and poetry is July 1, 2015, the Washington Island Literary Festival Committee announced this month.

“As a teacher Norbert Blei was dedicated to nurturing the writing talent of others and we feel that this literary award will not only honor his memory but also keep alive many of the goals of his Cross+Roads press, which sought to recognize talented writers by publishing their work,” said Elizabeth Wallman, co-chairperson of the Washington Island Literary Festival.

A $250 prize for both the winning short story and poetry will be awarded, with the winners given an opportunity to read their work at the festival, which will be held Sept. 18-20 at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center and other locales on Washington Island.

Judges will include Jean Feraca, author and retired host of Wisconsin Public Radio and Judith Barisonzi, author and retired professor of University of Wisconsin Colleges.

The theme of this year’s Washington Island Literary Festival is “Spirit of Place: Literature of the Land and Sea,” and will include Outside Magazine writer Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice, Lin Enger, author of The High Divide, Danielle Sosin, author of The Long-Shining Waters, and many other Midwest authors and poets.

All writers are invited to enter the contest. For more information and guidelines, visit