Blue Bus Publishing is excited to announce our 2nd annual Journal from the Heartland Writing Contest. Winning entries will be included in Volume 3 of our publication, which will be published in 2019. Our contest is open to all interested writers with connections to Wisconsin. Entries may be on any subject or theme. Work must be original and multiple entries will be accepted. Short stories, essays, environmental narratives, and other prose will be accepted. Poetry is NOT being accepted this year.

First place is $125.00, second: $50.00, third: $15.00.

Formatting Guidelines:
– double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font
– under 2,000 words

Entry Fee:  
The entry fee is $10.00 (US dollars) per submission. The fee must be paid by mail. Please send a money order, cashier’s check or personal check made out to Blue Bus Publishing to:

Blue Bus Publishing
PO Box 194
Amherst, WI  54406

Personal checks must be cleared before entries are considered valid. Blue Bus Publishing is not responsible for lost entries or payments.  Submissions without an entry fee will be disqualified.

The deadline for all submissions is MARCH 21, 2019 – 11:59 PM, Central Daylight Time (CDT). Winners will be notified and published online APRIL 15, 2019.

The editors of Journal from the Heartland are judging this contest. Our main criterion for selection is quality. though we always look for human interest and originality.

We encourage potential participants to read our previous issues which are available at

Submitting Entries
Email entries to:

Entries must be submitted as a .doc or .docx attachment with only the title and page numbers included on the contest entry itself. Include name, phone number, and email address in the body of your email, also please provide a 2-3 sentence bio describing yourself. Type “Writing Contest Entry” in the subject line.

We prefer email submissions but print versions will be accepted. Mail your entry to:

Blue Bus Publishing
PO Box 194
Amherst, WI 54406

For more information, contact Eleonore Hebal at



We would like to thank all  the participants in our 1st annual writing contest. We received many unique and well-crafted submissions. Our editors selected the following winners.

1st Place, $100 prize: Paths Not Our Own by Adrienne Sundquist (prose)

2nd Place, $50 prize: Tobacco Barn by Mary Rowin (poetry)

3rd Place, $25 prize: The Angry Mother by Bill Zimmermann (prose)

The winning submissions were featured in Issue 2 of Journal from the Heartland.  Congratulations to these authors!