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Announcing WWA Spring Contest 2014 Judges

First Chapter Judge:

Rodney Schroeter, WWA Press Manager

Schroeter is a former teacher and computer programmer and analyst, who currently works as a freelance writer and proofreader. He also serves at the WWA Historian and forum coordinator.

Florence Lindemann Humor Contest Judge:

Cherie Burbach

Burbach is’s relationship writer. A professional blogger and poet, Burbach has also written for, and will make a special appearance on the Novel In Progress Book Camp’s publishing panel in May.

The Spring Contest deadline has been extended through April 29, 2014.

Submissions for the Fall Jade Ring Contest are now open throughAugust 1, 2014. Check the Contests page for guidelines.

We’ll see you May 3 in LaCrosse for the Author Showcase and Contest Awards.

WWA Spring Contests Open Longer

You now have until April 29th to enter-both online and via snail mail.

New Contests - New Easier Fee Schedule - Easier One-Stop Rules and One-Stop Cover Sheet

Current high school students enter for free.

Go To:

The online entry form is now open.

We will work with you if you have questions. E-mail

Waukesha Writer's Workshop Bo Carter Memorial Contest

2014                               RULES AND GUIDELINES
1. CATEGORIES:  Nonfiction: 1. Essay – not to exceed 2,000 words 
                                                   2.  Article – not to exceed 2,000 words
                                                   3. Nostalgia – not to exceed 1,500 words 
         Fiction:     4. Short Story – not to exceed 3,000 words (any genre)
                          5. Poetry – Up to 4 poems.  Total for all 4 poems inclusive not to exceed 90 lines.                                                                Enter as many of the four categories as you wish, but only ONE entry in any one category.
2.  ENTRY FEE:  Contest entrance is free to paid-up members of Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.      Nonmembers may either pay a$5.00 reading fee for EACH CATEGORY entered or opt to become a member by paying the annual dues of $15.00.  Make all checks payable for dues or reading fees to: Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.
3.  MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION:  Entries must be typed on one side, only, of 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper, DOUBLE SPACED with standard one-inch margins.  ALL SINGLE SPACED NON POEM ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.Poems may be either double or single spaced.
TITLE, CATEGORY, PAGE NUMBER, and NUMBER OF WORDS OR LINES must be at the top of the FIRST PAGE of the manuscript.  Each page of the Manuscript must contain the TITLE and PAGE NUMBER.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT PAGES.  Paperclip the manuscript – DO NOT STAPLE.
Prepare a COVER SHEET  FOR EACH CATEGORY, with your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, name of the manuscript, category and number of words or lines ON IT.
4. DEADLINE:  Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the regular meeting of the Waukesha Writer’s Workshop at Brookfield Highland Senior Apartments, Community Room, 20825 George Hunt Circle , Waukesha , Wisconsin .  If you are unable to attend the April meeting, MAIL or DELIVER manuscript (s) to Mickey Burgermeister, S69 W17349 Kirkwood Dr., Muskego, WI 53150, with check for dues or reading fee (s), to be received PRIOR to meeting date.
5. PRIZES:  In each CATEGORY –    First Prize       $25.00
                                                              Second Prize   $15.00
                                                              Third Prize      $10.00
If the judge/judges do not think the manuscripts merit awards, they are not obligated to select winners for each prize.  Judges to be announced.
MAY 19,  2014 MEETING.
If you have any questions, contact Mickey Burgermeister (262-679-0862) or Ramon Klitzke (262-547-3570) or Don Schambow –  
               PLEASE NOTE:  Failure to follow ANY of the above guidelines will automatically disqualify your entry.
Essay – 1. Begins with a premise.  2. Cites examples and data supporting premise. (allow reader to view issue or situation through author’s eyes)  3. Reveals author’s conclusion and an invites reader to reach same conclusion.  Author’s opinion. (Subjective – author personally involved)  Purpose: to convince
Article – Nonfictional prose.  An idea is honed into a theme that becomes the precise subject.  Four part structure – 1. lead (capture readers attention) 2. Theme paragraph   3. Body (develops the theme using quotes and anecdotes)   4. Conclusion (answers questions raised at beginning or summarizes main points) Factual (objective – author not personally  involved, based upon research) – Purpose: to inform
Nostalgia – relates personal experiences intended to evoke an emotional response.  Most effective if has universal appeal, focusing on commonly shared experiences. Author’s remembrances.  Purpose:  to share life’s experiences.

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrod International Journal has opened its 36th Nimrod Literary Awards offering $2,000 first place prizes and publication in two categories: the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Katherine Ann Porter Prize for Fiction. The deadline to enter is April 30th. See the link for more information here.

New Issue of Creative Wisconsin Released

You can find the new issue here.  For past issues and more information on Creative Wisconsin please follow the Creative Wisconsin link on the sidebar.

Wisconsin Writers Association's Spring Authors Showcase 2014

When: Friday & Saturday, May 2-3
(The Authors Showcase will be held all day SaturdayFriday afternoon will be devoted to WWA business and evening roundtable readings. There also will be an awards luncheon announcing the winners of the WWA’s spring writing contests.)
Where: Days Inn Conference Center, French Island, La Crosse, Wis.
What: Day-long showcase for authors where they can meet the public, promote their work, and sell their own books. Participating authors also can participate in our planned series of public readings, Q&As, and mini-workshops during the day.
Who: Any author with a published novel, nonfiction work, any genre, although we ask all works sold be appropriate for a general audience.
Cost: $20 to reserve table space. All book sales remain with the authors. We ask each author to donate 1 book to the WWA, which we will include in our fundraising raffle prizes during the showcase.
Author Registration: Registration form is here.
Questions? Contact Dave Rank, WWA president, pres(at)

CWW Contests Accepting Entries Until Jan. 31st

The Council for Wisconsin Writers, celebrating its 50th anniversary, invites Wisconsin writers who have published work in 2013 to enter its contests for book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point.
The Council contests open November 1, 2013 and will close January 31, 2014 (postmark deadline).  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $20. Membership in CWW is not required. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee in May 2014.

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student and $250 for the student’s high school library. Members of the board will judge. Postmark deadline for the student essay contest is also January 31, 2014.

Awards have been retitled this year to honor Wisconsin authors Zona Gale, Edna Meudt, Norbert Blei, and Edna Ferber, in addition to awards previously named for Lorine Niedecker, August Derleth, Betty Ren Wright, and Arthur Tofte.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, judge bios, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, .

New Website For The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

Hooray! We have a new website for the Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp! Check it out & let us know what you think. It's our new home on the net.

The Bookcamp is sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association and the Chicago Writers Association, with assistance from our Creative Co-Sponsor Diana Schramer, book editor. Members of the WWA and the CWA receive automatic discounts to enroll.

We're building toward a great Bookcamp in May. Be sure to reserve your spot if you want to work with the outstanding professional staff, including illustrious detective novelist Reed Farrel Coleman. It's an investment in your literary future....  See More

Self Publishing Basics: A Wisconsin Book Festival Event

Self publishing need not be a solitary pursuit. Join a team of librarians and local published authors for an information- packed workshop that will introduce you to the basics of self publishing online and prepare you for the road ahead. 

Saturday, Dec 14, 1-3 pm at Madison Central Library

Click here to read more and sign up!

Fall Conference In The News

The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune has an story about the fall conference. Read it here.

Wisconsin Writers Association elects Board of Directors and Officers

Three new directors were elected to the Board of Directors by the 
membership of the Wisconsin Writers Association during the WWA’s The Writer’s Life 
Conference Sept. 27-29, 2013.
Joining the Board are Adam Binash, poet from La Crosse; Nancy Jesse, author and writing 
instructor from Madison; and Jackie Granger, author from West Bend. They were elected to 
Re-elected to their second three-year terms on the Board were Nancy Rafal, poet from Baileys Harbor; and Jan Jenson, novelist from Gordon.
They were elected during the WWA’s Annual Membership Session held Saturday, Sept. 28, 
conducted as part of the association’s fall conference at the Hotel Mead & Conference Center in Sunday, Sept. 29, the 14 directors on the board elected their officers for 2013-2014: President, David Rank, journalist and author from West Bend; Vice President, Jan Jenson, novelist from Gordon; Treasurer, Keith Schroeder, re-election, author from Menasha.
Rank, who had been WWA Vice President the past four years, replaced poet LaMoine 
MacLaughlin of Amery, as President. McLaughlin continues as a director. Also continuing as 
directors are Sally Bair, writer from Washburn; Mary Jacobsen, writer from Webster; Karin 
Schmidt, writer from Eagle River; Susan Engebrecht, writer from Wausau; Greg Peck, journalist and author from Janesville; and Robert LeHew, outdoor writer from Crivitz.
The WWA Spring Conference will be held in the La Crosse area May 2-3, 2014 with the next Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 3-5, 2014 at the Hotel Mead & Conference Center.
Founded in 1948, The Wisconsin Writers Association is a nonprofit volunteer service 
organization that promotes the literary community of Wisconsin through its conferences, writing contests, Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, and other programs.

Jade Ring Result Announcement 

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s Jade Ring contest. We had over 200 entries for the six categories. The places were announced and awards given out at the special Jade Ring Banquet held at the Mead Hotel and Conference on Saturday night, September 28 during our WWA Fall Conference. Thank you to our judges: Marilyn Taylor, former poet laureate of Wisconsin, and Jenny Post and Terri Sorenson of Orange Hat Publishing, Milwaukee. Watch for the opening and explanation of the Spring Contests soon. We invite you to visit and use the WWA forums for critique and feedback of your entries prior to submission for future contests. The forums can be accessed from the main page of our WWA website at


First -  Dorothy Loftus, Tick Tock

Second– Susan Engebrecht, A Promise

Third - Diana Schramer, Final Moments

HM1 – Greg Peck, Fondness for a Firemen’s Festival

Nonfiction Essay:

First - Gail Grenier, Be Here Now

Second – Greg Peck, Tired Twig Gives Up Symbolic Tire

Third – Brenda Axt, Forget the F-word

HM1 – Dawn Proctor, The Island Bridegroom

HM2 – Mary Jacobsen, Let’s Go Metric

Adult Fiction:

First - Bill Bright, To Tirich Mir

Second – Jonnie Guernsey, Public Access

Third – Caye Bartel, The Storm

Fiction for Young People:

First - Lisa Lickel, The Saxon Boy

Second – Jim Guhl, Catfish and Elephants

Third – Idella Anacker, Tommy Joins the Band

Free Verse Poetry:

First - John Leighton, Your First Bear

Second– Stella Lauter, Peter Piper

Third – John Leighton, Following Old Tracks

HM1 – Angie Flanagan, The Old Italian Woman

HM2 – Paula Schultz, We Meet With the Estate Planner

Formal Poetry:

First - Nancy Jesse, (Pantoum) The Nature of Memory

Second – Suzy Wedeward, Speaking of Ice

Third – John Leighton, A Look Back

HM1 – Mollye Barrett, To a 1904 Barn

HM2 – Paula Schultz, (Pentatina) For the Five Senses

Jade Ring Judges and Partnership with Orange Hat Publishing

We are pleased to announce our Jade Ring judges and our special partnership with Orange Hat Publishing! Shannon Ishizaki, the owner of Orange Hat Publishing, has been exceptionally gracious during our talks to develop this partnership and I can see why her company is earning such a great reputation. Please take a moment to visit their website and see the wide variety of works they publish:


Fiction Judge, Jenny Post:


Jenny Post graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in Writing. Her favorites are poetry and different genres of fiction. She moved with her family to Wisconsin from California seven years ago, and enjoys the beauty of the area that inspires her to write. Jenny is currently an editor of novels, short stories, and children's books for Orange Hat Publishing here in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.

Nonfiction Judge, Terri Sorenson:

Terri Sorenson is a former Milwaukee business owner for 12 years. She is a happily married mother of 3 young children and actively teaches first and second grade girls in a local community group. Terri currently works as an Author Relations Specialist for Orange Hat Publishing. She is the first point of contact for potential authors and the first person to provide writers with to-the-point feedback. She is open and honest about her opinions with hopes to improve the quality of writing prior to publication. 

Time is Running Out

You could win cash, a ring, recognition but only if you enter the Jade Ring Contest by August 1st! 

We are thrilled to announce that Marilyn Taylor has agreed to judge your poetry this year! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and secure your spot on this talented poet's desk. In addition, we are nearing the end of our search within the publishing industry or even an agent! Keep checking the website for further updates.

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and of the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able Muse, Measure, Ted Kooser's " American Life in Poetry" column, and the recent Random House anthology titled Villanelles. Marilyn also served for five years as Contributing Editor and regular poetry columnist of The Writer magazine. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors. She has recently moved from Milwaukee to Madison, where she continues to write and teach. Visit her website for more!

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Author's Hour

The 2013 Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE) Annual Conference will be hosting an Author’s Hour on Thursday, August 8, 2013.

Who May Participate: Any author from our region who writes about nature, uses nature as inspiration, or in some way connects us with the natural world.

When: Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM

Where: The Cartwright Center at UW-LaCrosse, LaCrosse WI

Why: To connect authors with educators who have the same passion for the natural world that you do

Fee: Free. Our goal is to connect authors and educators


WAEE will provide a table for each author to set up a small exhibit that showcases his or her writings. Authors will be able to sell and sign their books, etc. on their own. Authors (or their publishers) will be responsible for handling and delivery of books. WAEE does not request any portion of the profits.

WAEE will publicize the authors who join us for Author’s Hour on our website and in the conference program.


Other Opportunities for Authors:

Exhibit in the Exhibit Hall during the conference. Visit the Annual Conference Exhibits page for more details


To register for Author’s Hour, please visit the conference website


For any additional questions, please contact Susan Schuller at

Chicago Writers Association joins in support of N-I-P Bookcamp

The Chicago Writers Association haspartnered with the Wisconsin Writers Association in supporting the 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, sponsored by the WWA.

The 550-member CWA will co-sponsor the N-I-P Bookcamp, providing marketing support in the Chicago area. In return, the CWA’s members can enroll with the Bookcamp using the same association discounts as WWA members. That’s a $90 savings off the full registration price.

Providing expert advice and guidance to writers working on a manuscript, the 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp will be held May 18-24 at Cedar Valley Center & Spa, which is 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and about a two-hour drive north of Chicago.

The Bookcamp will be staffed by award-winning mystery novelist and college writing instructor Reed Farrel Coleman, thriller writer and Hollywood screenwriter James Strauss, author, editor and book doctor Philip Martin, and the agents of Red Sofa Literary, as well as additional guest speakers and a panel of published authors who will address the rapidly changing publishing industry.

CWA President Randy Richardson said the CWA sees the Bookcamp as a valuable resource for his organization’s members who are working on a manuscript:

“Looking to jump-start the manuscript that growing mold in your desk drawer? Trying to put the finishing touches on the next Great American Novel? The Chicago Writers Association has partnered with the Wisconsin Writers Association’s 2014 Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp to help you reach your writing goals.

“Top-notch instructors in this intense 6-day workshop/retreat will guide you on how to turn that unfinished manuscript into the book you want it to be.  Don’t put off that dream any longer.  Reserve your spot now at the 2014 Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp!”

For more information on the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association and co-sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association, go to the website or visit the Bookcamp’s Facebook page,

Or contact Bookcamp Director Dave Rank at, 262-717-5154.

The CWA website is

Jade Ring New Deadline!

New Contest Submission Periods:

We are pleased to announce our new contest deadlines. After careful consideration and examining our calendar, we've expanded the submission window as follows:

Spring Contests                          Jade Ring Contests
Opens November 1st                    Opens March 15th
Closes March 15th                       Closes August 1st

We've also created a wonderful area for members to critique and polish their writing in our forums. (See left menu.) We look forward to seeing your entries! If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Lickel at


How's Your Book Coming Along?

Plans for the WWA’s rescheduled 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, May 18-24, have advanced rapidly, and we have several good news announcements to share with you.
  • We are honored to announce that novelist and screenwriter James Strauss has agreed to join our Bookcamp staff for 2014. He joins award-winning mystery writer Reed Farrel Coleman, and book editor and writing instructor Philip Martin as our core instructional team for the entire six-days of the Bookcamp. Many of you know Jim from his well-received appearance at the WWA Spring & Lakefly Literary Conference earlier this month in Oshkosh. You know Jim is a straight-shooter eager to share his knowledge on writing, publishing, and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Jim’s written five espionage thrillers and has started a prehistory adventure series called Mastodon with the first volume already scheduled to be turned into a film. He writes for several Hollywood production companies and is currently a technical director for a film now in production. He is a great addition to our staff.
  • We’ve just learned that Bookcamp staffer Reed Farrel Coleman won a 2013 Audie for his novel Gun Church from the Audio Publishers Association. Congratulations, Reed.
  • More Bookcamp staff additions will be forthcoming.
  • Those of you who want to sign up for Bookcamp’s unique combination of writing instruction and professional advice on your work-in-progress, there is no better time than now to begin the registration process. Until July 15, our enrollment fees are as low as they ever will be through our Early Express Registration. July 16, prices go up. A $100 refundable deposit will lock you in to the express price. In addition, we offer a trio of low-priced registration options for commuters, friends enrolling together for a double room, and couples where one enrolls in the Bookcamp while the other enjoys the services of Cedar Valley Center & Spa and the many activities available in and around Washington County in southeast Wisconsin.
  • To help insure the success of the 2014 N-I-P Bookcamp, we’ve started a pair of fundraising efforts to kickstart this project. We have now raised more than $1,500 through the Bookcamp Seed Fund campaign. This is money that will be repaid after the completion of the 2014 Bookcamp in May. Secondly, we’ve created a Creative Co-Sponsorship Program where individuals or businesses offering writing-related services or products can contribute to the Bookcamp while receiving promotional recognition through the Bookcamp’s online and print marketing efforts and at the Bookcamp itself May 18-24, 2014.

For more information on the Bookcamp, registration, the Seed Fund campaign, and the Creative Co-Sponsorship Program, contact me, Dave Rank, WWA vice president & Bookcamp director, at or 262-334-8790.  Or check out our website,, or our Facebook page through the link on this WWA website.

Read seeking book submissions for review

If you're a Wisconsin writer or you are writing about a Wisconsin subject, the founders of Read would enjoy hearing from you. The mayor and trustee of Read are devoted to supporting authors, literacy and bookstores in Wisconsin. Tracy Kathryn, M.A.-English, and Trustee Annette, a journalist, will provide fair critiques, honesty, and your book will be rated using an exclusive cheese wedge rating system. 
Please see the Read Website for details, and please contact the Read Village administrators via their Facebook page at ReadVillage

New Opportunity

WWA Members to Write about Wisconsin Writers

Lisa Lickel, editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine, is accepting submissions for articles about Wisconsin writers. For guidelines, a list of some awesome authors to write about, and information about how you can see your writing in print, visit the Creative Wisconsin page here: Creative Wisconsin

WWA Charter Clubs Expand

Since its inception in 2009, the WWA Charter Club Partnership Program has blossomed to 14 clubs statewide, the fastest growing segment of WWA membership. Charter Club members enjoy substantial savings from the program.

Any local writing club, critique group, or gathering of five or more people, including online groups, interested in the writing craft can enroll as a Charter Club in the WWA. Charter Club Members receive discounted membership dues and conference registration fees in exchange for participating as a group. See theWWA Charter Club Partnership Program page for complete details.

Robert E. Gard Book Available Online

The e-book, The Robert E. Gard Reader, just published, features the writing and key ideas of Robert E. Gard, all told in a very autobiographical and evocative way. It contains the story from Grassroots Theater about how WWA began, even including the Creed of WWA. There's also the text of a talk he gave, "Notes for Writers Who Are Desperately Moved to Write," which may well have been given at a WWA conference. WWA president, LaMoine MacLaughlin, wrote the foreword to the e-book. Click on the following link to enjoy it. It is free online.

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