Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters: Fiction and Poetry Contests Shine a Light on Statewide Creativity

MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters announces the finalists for this year’s Fiction & Poetry competition. Many of the poems and stories that have reached this stage of judgment will be featured over the next year in the Academy’s magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas.

Contest judges Rebecca Dunham (poetry) and Amy Quan Barry (fiction) and Wisconsin People & Ideas editor Chris Chambers praised the high level of writing submitted in the 2022 contest cycle.

“The overall quality of the submissions was outstanding this year and we enjoyed reading them,” Chambers said.

The Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction & Poetry Competition began in 1994. Each year, the competition attracts written submissions from across Wisconsin. Winners of the 2022 competition will be announced later this month and will receive cash prizes, a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, and a week-long residency at the Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.

Fiction Competition Finalists

“Simeon and the Bad Kid” by Margaret Benbow, Madison
“The Evolution of Marvin Skellig” by Peg Cadigan, Thiensville
“Feldstein’s Dog” by Gene James Gilbert, Baraboo
“Seasons of Love” by Walker Guzowski, Milwaukee
“Sadie in Love” by Nancy Jesse, Madison
“Bread and Butter” by Andrew McDonnell, Beaver Dam
“In Rock Springs When the Angel Trumpets Sound” by Tom Pamperin, Chippewa Falls
“No Other Dog” by Jerry Peterson, Janesville
“Snow Door” by Janie Wilberg, Milwaukee
“Down in the Valley” by Richie Zaborowske, Appleton

Poetry competition finalists

“A few months after my father died, I read about the mysterious death of songbirds in Pennsylvania” by Alecia Beymer, Madison
“Sun Black” by Bruce Dethlefsen, Westfield
“Effigy Mound” by John Freiburger, Fitchburg
“From Genesis” by Nicholas Gulig, Fort Atkinson
“Amor Fati” by Nicholas Gulig, Fort Atkinson
“It’s, It’s Not” by Jim Landwehr, Waukesha
“Memorial Days” by Claire Lewandowski, Madison
“Home in the Borderland” by Curt Meine, Sauk City
“Neptune” by Jess L. Parker, Fitchburg
“Warm Socks” by Alejandro Puig, Viola
“Rose Convictions” Georgia Ressmeyer, Sheboygan
“It’s the First Son/Second Son” by Nick Sengstock, Madison
“Survival Skills for the Anthropocene” by Lailah Dainin Shima, Madison
“Letter to My Mother in Winter” by RB Simon, Madison
“Full Disclosure” by Bruce Taylor, Chippewa Falls

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