The Hal award deadline is September 15th


Final days to enter Door County’s premier Writing and Photography Contest

The deadline for submitting writings and photographs for the Hal Prize is fast approaching. Writers, poets and photographers have until September 15 to submit works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography for the 23rd edition of the award, presented by the Pulse Peninsula and Write On, Door County.

First place winners in all categories will receive $ 250 and a Hal Prize mug made by Clay Bay Pottery; second place winners will receive $ 100; and the third place comes with a prize of $ 50. In addition, the work of the laureates will be published in the first 8,142 reviews, a new literary review published by the Pulse Peninsula which will be released in November. Winners will receive a copy of the 8,142 reviews and also have their work published in an issue of the Pulse Peninsula, with distribution to over 25,000 readers.

All winners will be notified by October 22 and the public announcement will be made with the publication of 8,142 reviews.

This year’s judges are Mark Wunderlich (poetry), member of the Literature Faculty of Bennington College and author of four books of poetry; Lan Samantha Chang (fiction), director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three books and a collection of short fiction films; Faith Adiele (non-fiction), Pen Award winner and Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun; and as photography judges, the daughter / father team of Coburn Dukehart, multimedia director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and Tad Dukehart, who retired to Door County after a 40-year career in news photography in Washington, DC

Visit to learn more and submit work in the fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography categories. Read the Q&A with this year’s judges at

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