Entries due September 15, 2021

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Meet our 2021 judges!

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang

Fiction Judge

Lan Samantha Chang’s new novel, The Family Chao, will be published by W.W. Norton in February, 2022. Her other works include Hunger, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

Nonfiction Judge

Faith Adiele is author of two memoirs, including Meeting Faith, an account of becoming Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun that won a PEN Award, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Media credits include My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about her search to find her father and siblings, Sleep Stories for the Calm meditation app, and A World of Calm, a new series from Calm and HBO. Named as one of Marie Claire Magazine’s “Five Women to Learn From,” Faith resides in Oakland, California and teaches around the world.

Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich

Poetry Judge

Mark Wunderlich is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is God of Nothingness, published by Graywolf Press in 2021. His other books include The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize, Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award. His poems, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation The New Republic, The Paris Reivew, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere, and his poems have been widely anthologized.  He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program, and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Coburn Dukehart

Coburn Dukehart

Photography Judge

Coburn Dukehart is the digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Journalism, a non-profit news organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. Dukehart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic, the picture and multimedia editor at NPR, a photo editor at USATODAY.com and washingtonpost.com, and interned in the White House photo department. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association. Her multimedia and photography work has been honored with a Webby, a Gracie, a Murrow, a duPont, and Milwaukee Press Club awards, and she was nominated for a national Emmy.

Tad Dukehart

Tad Dukehart

Photography Judge

Tad Dukehart retired to Ephraim, Wisconsin, in 2010 after a 40 year career as a news photographer in Washington, D.C., covering local and national news. One of the great joys of his job was bearing witness to decades of history in our nation’s capital. Dukehart was twice honored with the “News Photographer of the Year” award by the White House News Photographers Association for his video work, as well as their “Lifetime Achievement” award. His work has also been recognized with a duPont and Emmy award. Dukehart continues his love of photography by volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations in Door County, including the Ephraim Fire Department, the Ephraim Historical Foundation, the Ephraim Business Council, and various local churches. He also contributes his photos to the Peninsula Pulse, and his photos have been exhibited at the Hardy Gallery and the Fish Creek Y.

Previous Judges

2020

Jane Hamilton
Fiction

Ed Bok Lee
Poetry
Photo by Ted Hall

David McGlynn
Nonfiction

Coburn Dukehart
Photography

Ira Sukrungruang
Poetry

Cynthia Swanson
Fiction
Photo by Glenda Cebrian Photography

Tytia Habing
Photography

Thomas Weso
Nonfiction

2018

Leslie Adrienne Miller
Poetry

Carl Corey
Photography
Photo by Kathy Borkowski

José Rodríguez
Nonfiction
Photo by Mark Roemisch

Peter Geye
Fiction
Photo by Michael Lionstar

2017

David Haynes
Fiction

Kevin Miyazaki
Photography

Erika Janik
Nonfiction

Alessandra Simmons
Poetry

Tobias Wray
Poetry

2016

Nicole Helget
Fiction

Wing Young Huie
Photography

Oliver de la Paz
Poetry

Jerry Apps
Nonfiction

2015 & 2014

Heid Erdrich
Poetry

Lesley Kagen
Fiction

Michael Perry
Nonfiction

Kelly Avenson
Photography

Len Villano
Photography

2013

Bruce Dethlefsen
Poetry

Emilie Coulson
Fiction

Justin Isherwood
Nonfiction

Len Villano
Photography

2012

Bruce Dethlefsen
Poetry

Judith Claire Mitchell
Fiction

Justin Isherwood
Nonfiction

Len Villano
Photography

Katie Sikora
Photography

2011

Bruce Dethlefsen
Poetry

Justin Isherwood
Nonfiction

Ron Kurka
Fiction

Dan Eggert
Photography

Lucas & Heather Frykman
Photography

Kim Thiel
Photography

Kari Witthuhn-Henning
Photography