Michael Perry Joins Judges of The Hal Prize

Michael Perry

The Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County are proud to announce that bestselling author Michael Perry will judge the nonfiction contest of this year’s Hal Prize.

Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” which will appear at Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek on April 25 with Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra. (For more information visit

Perry also performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues, and is currently finishing his first young adult novel. For more information about Perry visit

The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. Judges for each category include prestigious and professional authors and photographers including authors Heid Erdrich (poetry) and Lesley Kagen (fiction) and photographers Len Villano and Kelly Avenson.

The Hal Prize offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of more than 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, Door County, a class at Peninsula School of Art, and other prizes will be awarded.

All submissions will be accepted digitally. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 27, 2014; the deadline for next year’s contest will be Friday, April 25, 2015.

For complete submission guidelines and to submit your creative work, visit

Email questions to [email protected].