The Norbert Blei Literary Award was created to honor the life and works of Norbert Blei, one of the Midwest’s leading authors and teachers of literature, who resided in Door County Wisconsin. Norbert loved both short stories and poetry and this contest features categories in each of these genre.
- Please submit a cover letter with the author’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail and a 50- to 100-word biography.
- Include on the cover page whether you are entering in the SHORT STORY or POETRY category.
- Short stories should be double spaced in simple 12-point font and not more than 5,000 words. The author’s name should NOT appear on each page as the judges use a blind judging process.
- Poetry submissions should include three poems with one poem per page, preferably in Microsoft Word. The author’s name should NOT appear on the pages of the poems as the judges use a blind judging process.
- No previously published work will be considered.
- Submit entries digitally to email@example.com by July 1, 2015. Please include a check for $15 made out to the Trueblood Performing Art Center and mail it to P.O. Box 136, Washington Island, WI 54246.
- Please note that winners are required to attend the festival and read from their work.
Entries will not be returned. The first-place winners will be notified by mail and e-mail approximately one month before the 2015 Washington Island Literary Festival. First-place awards in each of the two categories –SHORT STORY and POETRY — include a cash prize of $250 as well as lodging, meals and admission fees for the 2015 festival. Winners are requested to read their entry at the festival or to designate a reader for the festival. Winning entries remain the property of the author and may be submitted for publication by literary journals by the festival committee upon permission of the author. The judges also may choose to designate honorable mentions.
Judith Barisonzi of Rice Lake, will judge the Short Story submissions. Now retired from a career as Associate Professor of English, Judith graduated from Radcliffe College, earned her MA and Ph.D at UW-Madison, then taught at Madison Business College, UW Oshkosh and UW Colleges, 1971 – 2005. She has been a traveling lecturer for the WI Humanities Council, is published in a variety of academic reviews and scholarly publications as well as fiction and poetry, and has received awards for her work in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Academy Review and the Muse prize from the WI Fellowship of Poets.
Jean Feraca studied poetry with Donald Hall while earning her M.A. at the University of Michigan where she won two Hopwood awards and began publishing her work in national magazines. Declared “the most promising poet of her generation,” Jean won the Discovery Award in 1975. Author of three books of poetry, Crossing the Great Divide was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board and won the August Derleth Non-fiction award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for her memoir, I Hear Voices. Jean is well known to public radio listeners, now retired after many years hosting her own program on Wisconsin Public Radio.