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Category: The Hal Prize

  • Meet the Hal Prize Winners: Brandon Lewis, nonfiction

    Released at Thanksgiving, 8142 Review Vol. 2 – the Peninsula Pulse’s literary magazine – contains the 37 best pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography out of the 686 submissions received for the 2022 Hal Prize. The submitting writers, poets and photographers are of all ages and from all over the United States, such as nonfiction winner […]

  • Meet the Hal Prize Winners: Dan Powers

    It’s here, hot off the press – Vol. 2 of the 8142 Review, just in time for the holidays. The Peninsula Pulse’s literary magazine contains the 37 best pieces of work out of the 686 submissions received for the 2022 Hal Prize in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography.  The artists are of all ages and […]

  • Meet the Hal Prize Winners: August Battaglia

    Are you looking for a holiday gift for that book lover in your life? Then pick up a copy of 8142 Review, Vol. 2 from the Door County Pulse shop. The Peninsula Pulse’s literary magazine contains the 37 best pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography out of the 686 submissions received for the 2022 […]

  • Meet the 2022 Hal Prize Poetry Winner

    Annette Langlois Grunseth Are you looking for a holiday gift for that book lover in your life? Then pick up a copy of 8142 Review, Vol. 2 from the Door County Pulse shop. The Peninsula Pulse’s literary magazine contains the 37 best pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography out of the 686 submissions received […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    8142 Volume 2 Now Available After digging through 686 submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction and photography, a team of screeners and four esteemed judges have announced the winners of the 2022 Hal Prize.  These winners will be celebrated with the publication of the second volume of 8142 Review, now available for purchase at doorcountypulse.com/shop. Dan […]

  • Hal Prize Draws Nearly 700 Entries

    What comes next? Thank you to everyone who submitted creative work to the 2022 Hal Prize! It was another successful year, with 686 total submissions. Now that submissions have closed, what happens next? A panel of prescreening judges who live in Door County and are skilled in their respective genres will review the submissions, and […]

  • Last Call for Hal Prize Submissions

    The Hal Prize is still accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography at thehalprize.com. The submission deadline is Sept. 16. Why submit your creative work to the Hal Prize? We’ll let some previous entrants tell you their reasons why. Below are some of the answers we received to our 2020-21 Hal Prize feedback-survey question, […]

  • Questions & Authors: Adrian Matejka, Hal Prize Poetry Judge

    Adrian Matejka grew up in Indianapolis and is the author of seven books, with a graphic novel coming out in 2023. His poetry collection The Big Smoke earned the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are fellowships from the Academy […]

  • A Visual Builder: Hal Prize photography judge Lars Topelmann

    You’ve probably seen Lars Topelmann’s photography. You might even have stopped to ponder his images for a while as you flipped through the pages of a magazine in the waiting room at your dentist’s office, or took a second glance at a billboard.  But you probably didn’t know his name, and you almost certainly didn’t […]

  • Questions & Authors: Joshua Phillip Johnson, 2022 Hal Prize Fiction Judge

    The following is an excerpt from a Door County Pulse podcast that has been condensed and edited for clarity. Listen to the full interview below. This year, Joshua Phillip Johnson will serve as the fiction judge for the Hal Prize contest. He teaches writing and literature courses at the University of Minnesota-Morris. His debut novel, […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Forever Sea’ by Joshua Phillip Johnson, read by Belinda Fenty and Leo Wringer

    Recommended by GRACE JOHNSON, Pulse staffer and bibliophile When the end of the year comes around and I have some Christmas money in hand, I like to look at upcoming book publications for the next year and pre-order some that I’m most excited about. At the end of 2020, I came across The Forever Sea, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Questions & Authors: Angela Palm Hopkins, 2022 Hal Prize Nonfiction Judge

    Angela Palm Hopkins’ love of writing developed from her love of reading. This year she will serve as the nonfiction judge for the Hal Prize. Palm Hopkins was raised in the rural Midwest and earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in criminal justice. Her book, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, earned […]

  • Hal Prize Expands Photography Categories

    Partnership with Peninsula School of Art grows The 2022 Hal Prize for Photography will offer new opportunities for photographers to enter work in five categories: landscape/nature, people, animals, black and white, and drone. The expansion is a result of the continued growth of the contest and the wide range of styles it now attracts. The […]

  • Book Signing Features Hal Prize Winner

    Fantasy/science fiction writer Rebecca Zornow will sign copies of her book It’s Over or It’s Eden on March 5, 11 am – 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. If you’ve enjoyed All Systems Red or Hail Mary, you’ll want to read Zornow’s book – a first-contact story set in […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Now Open

    Looking to set some writing goals for 2022? Then make the Hal Prize part of those goals!  The contest offers publication in 8142 Review, the Peninsula Pulse’s new literary periodical. First-place winners in all categories – poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography – will receive $250 and a mug made by Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. Second […]

  • Hal Prize Winner Roger Barr Organizes Charity Reading

    Roger Barr – author and first place winner of the fiction category of the Hal Prize – continues a holiday writing tradition in St. Paul this December. For 24 years, Barr has been writing a new holiday short story about the fictional Batholomew family. The newest story, “Christmas, Like Normal” will be part of his […]

  • 2021 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    The Peninsula Pulse has announced the recipients of the 2021 Hal Prize for writing and photography. This year’s honorees were selected from the largest field of submissions in the contest’s 24-year history.  Of 874 submissions, 26 were selected as winners and honorable mentions for the 2021 Hal Prize. Those selections will be featured in a […]

  • Give the Gift of Creativity with the ‘8142 Review’

    A showcase of writing and photography is coming this Thanksgiving with the publication of the 8142 Review.  This new periodical is the home of the Hal Prize, the annual creative-writing and photography contest presented by the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County. From 874 submissions, a panel of esteemed judges selected 26 works of […]

  • Support the Hal Prize Year-round

    Did you know that you can continue to support the Hal Prize year-round? It’s now part of the affiliate program on Bookshop.org: an online book retailer that supports independent bookstores. Bookshop supports indies in two ways: 10% of regular sales on Bookshop.org are added to an earnings pool that’s divided evenly and distributed to independent […]