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The Hal Prize is presented by the Peninsula Pulse, Door County’s independent source for news, arts, literature, and entertainment; and Write On, Door County, a nonprofit writing center and writers’ residency program.

The Hal Prize – originally the Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers Expose and Photography Jubilee – was established in 1998 by David Eliot and Tom McKenzie, co-founders of the Peninsula Pulse.

The contest was created to encourage and appreciate artistic expression through various literary forms and photography. The contest has showcased works from individuals of all ages and backgrounds – novice writers and photographers to professionals.

The Hal Prize offers prizes and publication in four categories: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography. Each year, judges of differing areas of expertise are chosen to read through the entries and select a first, second and third place, along with honorable mentions.

Starting in 2021, winners of the Hal Prize are printed in the new literary journal, 8142 Review.

Read more about past contests, judges and more below! Visit thehalprize.com for announcements regarding the contest and sign up for the Hal Prize newsletter.

  • Announcing the 2017 Hal Prize Contest

    The Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin proudly presents the 2017 Hal Prize. Conducted annually since 2001, the mission of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression through various literary forms and photography. The contest has showcased works from individuals of all ages and backgrounds – novice writers and […]

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    2016 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit stories, photographs and poems for a chance to be published in our annual Hal Prize literary and photography issue. The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, […]

  • Deadline for 2016 Hal Prize is May 1

    The deadline for the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Hal Prize is Sunday, May 1. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The contest offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week […]

  • Oliver de la Paz

    Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Poetry Judge Oliver de la Paz

    This spring, after the 2016 Hal Prize deadline has passed and the writing and photography submissions have passed before the pre-screening committee, a batch of poems will make their way from the Peninsula Pulse office to the desk of this year’s poetry judge, Oliver de la Paz. De la Paz is the author of four […]

  • Deadline Approaching for 2016 Hal Prize

    The Peninsula Pulse once again presents the Hal Prize, open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The contest offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, Door County (a literary […]

  • Nicole Helget

    Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Fiction Judge Nicole Helget

    This summer, fiction writers who submit to the Peninsula Pulse’s 2016 Hal Prize will have the chance for their creative works to come before the eyes of multi-genre Minnesota writer Nicole Helget. Helget is the author of The Summer of Ordinary Ways, The Turtle Catcher, Stillwater, Horse Camp (co-authored), Wonder at the Edge of the […]

  • Hal Prize Winner Honored by Council of Wisconsin Writers for Published Work

    Seven Wisconsin writers have been named winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2015. The Council will award each winner $500 and a weeklong writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50 each. Out-of-state judges made the selections. The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to […]

  • Wing Young Huie

    Questions & Artists: Hal Prize Judge Wing Young Huie

    When Wing Young Huie was a 20-year-old journalism student at the University of Minnesota, he bought his first camera. Like any budding photographer, he “didn’t even know how to think about photography.” So once he earned his journalism degree, he took a class. Under the watch of Bronx street photographer Garry Winogrand, best known for […]

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    Hal Prize Submission Workshop March 10 at UUF

    Organizers of the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Hal Prize literary and photography contest invite interested individuals to attend a Hal Prize Submission Workshop at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Thursday, March 10. The one-hour workshop will begin at 11 am at UUF, 10341 Water St. in Ephraim. Participants will be walked through the online submission process for […]

  • Jerry Apps

    Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Judge Jerry Apps

    Nonfiction writers who submit to the Peninsula Pulse’s 2016 Hal Prize contest will have the chance for their creative works to pass before the eyes of well-known Wisconsin author, storyteller and historian Jerry Apps, this year’s nonfiction judge. Apps has built a career on bringing his childhood stories and coming-of-age experiences to life through more […]

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    Introducing the 2016 Hal Prize Judges

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly introduces the judges for the 2016 Hal Prize, offering publication in our annual Literary Issue, cash awards and other prizes, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and a class at Peninsula School of Art.   Poetry Judge Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, […]

  • Announcing the 2016 Hal Prize Contest

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2016 Hal Prize. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The contest offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, […]

  • “Reaching Out” by Jim Rossol.

    Hal Prize Photography Winner Featured at Art League Gallery

      Photographer Jim Rossol is the Door County Art League Gallery’s artist of the week for Sept. 19 – 25. Rossol, of Baileys Harbor, retired early from a successful sales and marketing career and considers himself lucky to be able to pursue his lifelong hobby of photography as a full-time resident of Door County. Rossol’s […]

  • Hal Prize Deadline Is March 1

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2015 Hal Prize. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States.

  • Hal Prize Deadline Approaching March 1

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2015 Hal Prize.

    The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States.

  • Hal Prize Announces Early Deadline

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2015 Hal Prize. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States.

  • Michael Perry Joins Judges of The Hal Prize

    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.

  • Presenting The Hal Prize

    We are proud to announce the 2014 Hal Prize (previously called the Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Expose and Photography Jubilee – but that was a mouthful).

  • Presenting The Hal Prize

    The Peninsula Pulse announces the 2014 Hal Prize, offering publication, cash awards, a week stay at Write On, Door County, a class at Peninsula School of Art, and other prizes.