Every year Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy's quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, hosts fiction and poetry contests that garners hundreds of submissions from across the state. In addition to securing cash prizes of up to $500 and publication in the magazine, contest winners are featured at a reading during the Wisconsin Book Festival. Here's a video of the 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville) and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan) and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).
Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best fiction and poetry from around the state, and now it's your chance to make your mark on Wisconsin's literary scene. Click on the appropriate category to enter your short stories and poems in our 2016 contests, which accept submissions via USPS and online from September 1 to December 1, 2015, and are open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older. Send in your best works of poetry and fiction to win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a slot at next year's contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, even a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point.