PODCAST: The 2021 Hal Prize Deadline is Coming up Fast

Storytellers wanted!

Want to get published in 25,000 copies of the Peninsula Pulse and in the inaugural 8142 Review, the new literary journal from the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County

The Hal Prize offers prizes for works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography. Work will be judged by a prestigious panel of writers and photographers. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.


First place in all categories receives $250 and a Hal Prize mug from Clay Bay Pottery

Second place in all categories receives $100
Third place in all categories receives $50

The 8142 Review will be published in November 2021, when winners are announced.

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