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2021 Hal Prize

Say hello to our 2021 judges! To learn more about their careers and what they look for in creative or photographs, check out the interviews below.

Lan Samantha Chang

Finding Your Own Fiction: Q&A with Hal Prize fiction judge

Lan Samantha Chang joins this year’s lineup as the fiction judge. This Appleton native is is the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Faith Adiele. Photo by Duan Wu.

A Steward of Truth: Q&A with nonfiction judge Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele takes on the mantle for nonfiction this year. Adiele has won a Pen Award, been featured in a documentary for PBS and was Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun. She has worked in collaboration with HBO’s Calm, where her story was read by actor Idris Elba.

Mark Wunderlich

The Accidental Poet: Q&A with poetry judge Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich, the author of four books and winner of the Rilke Prize, will judge poetry. He is a member of the Literature Faculty at Bennington College in Vermont, and where he became the first director of Poetry at Bennington. He is the recipient of Writers at Work Award, the Jack Kerouac Prize and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the MacDowell Colony.

Coburn and Tad Dukehart

Searching for a Meaningful Moment: Q&A with photography judges Coburn and Tad Dukehart

PODCAST: Tad and Coburn Dukehart on Making a Great Photograph

The daughter/father team of Coburn and Tad Dukehart will lend their eye to the photography contest in 2021. Coburn is the multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and Tad retired to Door County after a 40-year career in news photography in Washington DC.

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