Entries due September 15, 2021








Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Hal Prize. We accept works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography. Both beginners and established writers are welcome to submit.

2021 judges:

Fiction: Lan Samantha Chang
Nonfiction: Faith Adiele
Poetry: Mark Wunderlich
Photography: Coburn and Tad Dukehart

Submission Guidelines

  • Please include with your submission(s) a cover letter, including the author or photographer’s name, mailing address, phone number, and email. A 25 – 50 word biography for writers and a 25-50 word description of the photograph for photographers should be included. The entrant’s name should not appear on submitted pieces. Works submitted to the Hal Prize for judging should not be submitted to any other publication until after the annual Hal Prize issue is published. We will notify winners on the day of publication.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit in each category. However, please include just one photo/nonfiction/fiction/poem per submission. Previously unpublished works only, please.
  • Fiction and nonfiction should be double spaced, in a simple 12 pt font, and not more than 4,000 words. Fiction and nonfiction submissions are preferred as Microsoft Word or .rtf files with only one story per submission. 
  • Poetry submissions are preferred as Microsoft Word or .rtf files with only one poem per submission. Poems should not exceed one page in length when typed in a standard 12pt font.
  • Photography submissions will be judged on their cover-worthiness and ability to reproduce on newsprint. Special consideration will be given to photos featuring people and places. Photo submissions are preferred as .jpg or .tiff files with only one photo per submission. Photos should be 300 dpi, and not exceed 5MB. 
  • There is a $10 submission fee for each fiction and nonfiction submission, and a $5 submission fee for each poem or photograph.
  • Digital entries only. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.
  • Anyone employed or paid for writing by the Peninsula Pulse or its sister publication Door County Living within the past 12 months is not eligible to enter. Members of the staff or the Board of Directors of Write On, Door County are also not eligible to enter.
  • Copyright to Winning Works
  • Copyright reverts to the photographer/poet/author upon publication in the Hal Prize issue. The Peninsula Pulse retains the right to use winning works in promotional materials for future contests. 
  • More Information
  • The Hal Prize is presented by the Peninsula Pulse, an independent, locally-owned newspaper covering news, arts, and entertainment in Door County, WI, in collaboration with Write On, Door County a non-profit organization promoting writing and reading to year-round and seasonal residents in the county.

(Above) 2020 nonfiction winner, Rebecca Zornow. (Below) Glenn Meyers, 2020 photography winner, with his daughter Leena, the 2019 photography winner.

Contest Prizes

In addition to publication in the Peninsula Pulse and the 8142 Review, the Hal Prize offers cash prizes, and Door County pottery.

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