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WWA is pleased to present its 73rd annual writing contest!

Gain attention and valuable feedback on your fiction, nonfiction and poetry work. The 2021 Jade Ring Contest opens March 1 and closes June 5, 2021.

All Jade Ring Contest finalists and honorable mentions will be published in WWA’s annual Creative Wisconsin Anthologyand receive a complimentary copy of the journal. 

Plus, 2021 Jade Ring Writing Contest winners will receive the following:

First Place: $200 cash prize plus a coveted Jade Ring or $400; publication the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Second Place: $150 cash prize and publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Third Place: $100 cash prize and publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Honorable Mention: (three honorable mentions will be selected in each category): publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

Submission Fees: 
WWA Members: $20
Non-Members: $30
Submit & Join WWA: $60

Critique Fee: 
Receive a professional critique of your submission from a judge for only $20
Poetry critiques will include feedback on all poems included in submission (up to three poems may be included). 

Read eligibility and manuscript requirements prior to submission. CLICK HERE


SUBMIT HERE (Nonmember)

Questions? Comments? Issues? Email: submit@wiwrite.org


The Jade Ring contest fiction category is open to short story, flash, novel excerpt, romance, mystery, humor, science fiction, fantasy, etc. Limit: 2,000 words.

Erin Celello
Fiction Contest Judge

Erin Celello is an essayist and author of two novels, Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay (Penguin/NAL). She runs The 5th Semester, a story development program designed to help anyone with a book idea go from inspiration to publication, and teaches creative writing for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and Drexel University’s MFA program. For more visit The5thSemester.com and ErinCelello.com


The Jade Ring contest nonfiction category is open to articles, essay, nostalgia, memoir, humor, self-help, etc. Limit: 2,000 words.

Laurie Scheer
Nonfiction Contest Judge

Laurie Scheer has assisted writers in the entertainment industry and at institutions of higher learning throughout her diverse career as a producer, consultant, and faculty member. As a professional speaker, she has programmed and appeared at annual writing events nationally and directed the beloved UW-Madison Writers’ Institute conference for over a decade. She has mentored hundreds of writers as they realized their success stories regarding their writing and the publishing of their writing. Laurie has co-founded a writers’ organization dedicated to writing about Nature entitled New Nature Writers. Her personal interest in Nature Writing stems from her love of the American Desert Southwest and from being an avid cyclist and hiker. As an Aquarian, she has always wanted to bestow healing for the globe. She’s currently writing near Joshua Tree National Park and is surrounded by cactus and mountain ranges that have many answers.


The Jade Ring contest poetry category is open to any style or theme. Limit: Up to three poems per entry. No poem may be longer than one page. Pages may be single or double spaced.

Margaret Rozag
Poetry Contest Judge

Margaret Rozga, emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee – Waukesha campus and 2019-2020 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, has published four books of poetry. Her work has been published recently or is forthcoming in The Progressive, South Florida Poetry Journal, Mom Egg Review and Wisconsin Magazine of History. Her fifth book of poems, Holding My Selves Together: New and Selected Poem is forthcoming from Cornerstone Press in Spring 2021. She co-edited the anthology Through This Door: Wisconsin In Poems (Art Night Books, 2020).

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Contest winners will be announced in July of 2021

All submissions are judged blindly, and the selection of winners is based solely on the criteria of the contest judges.

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