WI P&I Fiction Winners Announced

Here’s the magazine’s news release:

Congratulations to the Winners of the
Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction Contest

  • “Geography Lesson,” by Nikki Kallio—Hortonville
  • “Duck, Duck, Goose,” by Erika Kanesaka Kalnay—Madison
  • “Stones,” by Kathryn Gahl—Appleon
Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction Contest receive publication in the magazine and cash awards of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place). The first-place author also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, and all three award-winning authors will read their stories at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison.
“The Confession of Cassius Troy,” by Shaun Melarvie—Sturgeon Bay
“His First Revolution,” by William Lawlor—Stevens Point
“Enough,” by Melaney Poli—Waukesha
“Oh You Kids,” by Jonathan Hakes—Appleton
“Anna’s Quilt,” by Robert Holzman—Wautoma
“The Singing,” by Rheba K. Sanders—Oshkosh
Wisconsin People & Ideas publishes fiction and poetry from Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from our visual artists and photographers, and covers science and environmental issues that affect Wisconsin’s people, lands, and waters. The magazine hosts annual fiction and poetry contests that award cash prizes up to $500, publication in the magazine, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, and more.  Since 1954, the independentWisconsin People & Ideas magazine has been a trusted resource for people who care about the issues and ideas that shape life in Wisconsin. Wisconsin People & Ideas is available at Wisconsin Academy events and exhibitions as well as selected bookstores, and is delivered quarterly to Wisconsin Academy members and libraries across the state.
This year the fiction contest lead judge is author and poet Nickolas Butler (right). The 2015 contest was coordinated by Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and Aaron Fai helped with preliminary judging. The contest received 82 short story submissions from across the state of Wisconsin. All judging was done blindly and ranking was done solely on the merit of individual stories in the opinion of our judges.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to the 2015 fiction contest. Your participation is what has made this contest one of the best showcases for Wisconsin writers for over a dozen years. Look for the first- through third-place short stories to appear in forthcoming issues ofWisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the spring/summer double issue this July. Congratulations to all our winners and honorable mention authors—and keep on writing!

Wisconsin People & Ideas thanks lead and preliminary judges for volunteering their time and


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