The Peninsula Pulse announces the 2017 Hal Prize, offering publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States.

About the Prize
The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers.

Judges
Judges for the 2017 contest will be announced this winter. 

Deadline
The deadline for submission is Monday, May 1, 2017.

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 (August 4, 2017).

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.

Fiction and nonfiction should be double spaced, in a simple 12 pt font, and not more than 2,000 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.  

There is a $5 submission fee for each fiction and nonfiction submission, and a $2.25 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.

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.

For questions please email contest@ppulse.com.
Ends on May 1, 2017$ 2.25
$ 2.25
There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit. However, please attach just one photo per submission. Previously published photographs will not be considered. Please include the name of the photograph in the heading of your submission and title each photograph so we can easily identify your work.

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.
Ends on May 1, 2017$ 5.00
$ 5.00
There is no limit to the number of nonfiction stories you may submit. However, please attach just one story per submission; previously published pieces will not be considered. Works submitted to the Hal Prize should not be submitted to any other publication until after the annual Hal Prize issue of the Peninsula Pulse is published (August 4, 2017). Each nonfiction piece should be double-spaced, in a simple 12 point font and no more than 2,000 words. (Submissions may be subject to minor editing before printing.) Microsoft Word or .rtf files are preferred.
Ends on May 1, 2017$ 5.00
$ 5.00
There is no limit to the number of fiction stories you may submit. However, please attach just one story per submission; previously published pieces will not be considered. Works submitted to the Hal Prize should not be submitted to any other publication until after the annual Hal Prize  issue of the Peninsula Pulse is published (August 4, 2017). Each fiction piece should be double-spaced, in a simple 12 point font and no more than 2,000 words. (Submissions may be subject to minor editing before printing.) Microsoft Word or .rtf files are preferred.
Ends on May 1, 2017$ 2.25
$ 2.25
There is no limit to the number of poems you may submit. However, please attach just one poem per submission; previously published pieces will not be considered. Poems submitted to the Hal Prize should not be submitted to any other publication until after the annual Hal Prize issue of the Peninsula Pulse is published (August 4, 2017). Individual poems should be no more than one page in length in standard 12 point type. Your submission heading should include the title of the poem to facilitate our search capabilities. Microsoft Word or .rtf files are preferred.