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The 2023 contest closed on June 3 and judging has completed. Congratulations to our winners!


1st Place: Mary Beth Danielson - How Crow Got Out of Jail

2nd Place: Bert Kreitlow - Abandoned school

3rd PlaceBrea Ruddy - Shine On, My Light

Honorable Mentions:

  • Robb Grindstaff - Error: Memory File Corrupted
  • Jo Ann Opsahl - Goose Girl
  • Elizabeth Feil - Safe Haven


1st Place: Vacated due to rules violation. 

2nd Place: Nancy Jesse - Waiting Room

3rd Place: Jeffrey Lewis - The Night was Dark

Honorable Mentions:

  • Prasannata Verma - Fugitive 
  • Lisa Poliak - The Visible Woman
  • James Bonilla - Learning Grace from Mrs. Reed


1st Place: Susan Huebner - Variation on a Theme

2nd Place: Mary M Brown - Another Aubade

3rd Place: Yvette Flaten - Fade to Black

Honorable Mentions:

  • Tad Phippen Wente - At the Nursing Home
  • Kathleen Van Demark - Postcards from Death
  • Mike J Orlock - Morphine-dipped Dreams

Join us again next summer for the 2024 Jade Ring writing contest

Thank You To Our Judges

Christine DeSmet - Fiction

Christine is a writer, writing coach, and an award-winning author and scriptwriter. For many years she helmed the Writers’ Institute and the Write-by- the-Lake Writer’s Retreat as well as online writing courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Distinguished Faculty Associate of writing. She writes the Fudge Shop Mystery series and the Mischief in Moonstone novella series.

She is a member of Blackbird Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Writers Guild of America East, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and Wisconsin Writers Association. Christine shares writer education and news posts regularly on Facebook.

David McGlynn - Non-fiction

David is the author of three books, The End of the Straight and Narrow, A Door in the Ocean, and One Day You’ll Thank Me. He’s a frequent contributor to Men’s Health and Swimmer magazines, and his recent work appears in The American Scholar, Narrative, River Teeth, The New York Times and elsewhere. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin and teaches at Lawrence University.

Angela Trudell Vasquez - Poetry

Angie is the current city of Madison Poet Laureate (2020-2024) and the first Latina to hold the position. Angie received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2017. Recently, her poems have appeared in The Slow Down, Yellow Medicine Review, Poem-a-Day, About Place Journal and in several anthologies.

In 2018 she was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices series and her collection, In Light, Always Light, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2019. Finishing Line Press also published her fourth collection of poetry, My People Redux, in January 2022. In the summer of 2021 she became a Macondo Fellow or a Macondista. She is the current chair of the Wisconsin  Poet Laureate Commission.

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