Writing Contests

Congratulations to the following winners of the
2021 Lakefly Writing Contests!

Short Short Fiction Short Story Poetry Teen Short Story
1st Place: Gail Sosinsky
2nd Place: Valerie Biel
3rd Place: Emma Vogl
1st Place: Terry Steele
2nd Place: Larry Scheckel
3rd Place: Sherri Hoffman
1st Place: Nnadi Samuel
2nd Place: Kayla Schwalbe
3rd Place:  Emma Vogl
1st Place: Sofia Santamaria-Micher
2nd Place: Alydia Hug-Hafer
3rd Place: Cristi Isaula-Reyes

Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, where the above writers will be recognized for their achievements via Zoom. To register for the Lakefly Writing Contest Awards Ceremony: Zoom registration link. Unable to attend? View the 2021 Writing Contest Winners Booklet!

The 2021 Lakefly Writing Contests are supported by the Oshkosh Public Library, a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board, and in partnership with the Wisconsin Writers Association.

And be sure to mark your calendar for the 2022 Lakefly Writers Conference, May 6 and 7, at the Oshkosh Convention Center. It is sure to be special!

2021 Lakefly Writing Contests are supported in part by a grant from the
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board



  • Maximum 750 words
  • Any genre
  • No theme


  • Maximum 3,000 words
  • Theme: Renewal


  • Maximum 75 lines
  • Any form or style, free verse to formal or anything in-between
  • Theme: Renewal


  • Open to 18 years old and younger
  • Maximum 1,500 words
  • Any genre
  • Theme: Renewal


  • Wisconsin resident OR
  • Wisconsin student

*Members of the Lakefly Conference Planning Committee are NOT eligible to enter


  • Winners will be notified by April 9, 2021.
  • Prizes include: 1st place: $100; 2nd place: $75; 3rd place: $50 cash
  • Winners will be announced Friday, May 7, 2021 at lakeflywriters.org.

Submitting your manuscript:

  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting January 4, 2021.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished; Electronically or self-published works are ineligible.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Limit one entry per author per category.
  • Entrants should include a biography written in third person, maximum 100 words. If entering the Teen Short Story Contest please include your age and grade level.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • Format: Double spaced; Times New Roman, or Courier; 12 point font
  • Cover page: name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, submission title, word or line count, category
  • Subsequent pages: title and page number at the top of each page (Example: The Dark Night, page 1 of 3)
  • Please put your name or other identifying information on the cover page ONLY.

Electronic Submissions:

  • Send to: LakeflyContests@gmail.com
  • Attach your submission as a .pdf file.
  • Entries must be time stamped by midnight, February 26, 2021.

Mailed submissions:

  • Mail to: Lakefly Writing Contests, c/o Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901
  • Entries must be postmarked by midnight, February 26, 2021.

Send questions to LakeflyContests@gmail.com, or call the Oshkosh Public Library at 920-236-5203 and ask for Ruth

Enjoy reading past winning entries here:

2021 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2020 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2019 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2018 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet