Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contest

Send fiction and poetry to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests, hosted by Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. First-place winners in both categories receive a one-week writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. The submission deadline is March 15, 2019, at 11:59 pm.

The 2019 fiction contest judge is Tom Miller, author of The Philosopher’s Flight. The poetry judge is poet, writer and artist Dasha Kelly Hamilton.

To be eligible to enter, writers must be 18 or older and reside or attend school in Wisconsin. Previously published content is not eligible for entry, and all work must be original. Submitters are allowed to submit more than one entry, but each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and cover letter. Poets may include up to three poems per submission.

The fiction entry fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The poetry entry fee is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information or to submit, visit