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Contest opens on March 1, 2022 and closes on June 5, 2022

The Wisconsin Writers Association is pleased to announce our 73rd annual Jade Ring Writing Contest.  


  • Fiction: Including short story, flash, novel excerpts, romance, mystery, humor, science fiction, fantasy, etc. Limit 2,000 words. 
  • Nonfiction: Including article, essay, nostalgia, memoir, humor, self-help, etc. Limit 2,000 words. 
  • Poetry: Including any style or theme. Up to three poems may be submitted per entry. No poems may be longer than a page. Submit all poems in the same word document. 


  • Contest is open to anyone writing in English, age 18 or older. 
  • Only original submissions which have not been published in print, digital, or online (including blogs or social media) will be considered. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, applicants MUST email submit@wiwrite.org to withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Jade Ring Contest Administrators and Wisconsin Writers Association Board Members are not eligible to submit. 
  • Jade Ring Contest Administrators reserve the right to close any category that does not meet the minimum level of submissions, in which case entry fees will be refunded. 
  • Questions about eligibility, please contact submit@wiwrite.org

* Fist, second, third place winners in each category. 

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Submission Guidelines:*

  • IMPORTANT: This year WWA is using Duosuma to manage our submissions. Please read the directions carefully and submit to the correct place. We will not give refunds for incorrect submissions. If you need help, email hello@wiwrite.og before proceeding. 
  • The Jade Ring Contest accepts online submissions and payments only. Mailed submissions will be discarded without being read. 
  • One entry per category per person. 
  • All entries must be formatted as double spaced (with the exception of poetry, which may be single spaced), 12 PT font, 1 inch margins, paginated, and in a common serif font such as Times New Roman. 
  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document. PDF files and other file types such as Pages and Google Docs will not be accepted. 
  • Entries must be text only. Please do not insert clip art, drawings, icons or any graphics within the document. 
  • The Jade Ring Contest is judged blind. Author name should NOT appear on the submission, either on the manuscript or on the file name. 
  • Title and Word Count must be placed at the top of the first page. 
  • Please name your files as follows: Title +category (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction.doc) or Title+category+critique, if you are purchasing a paid critique option (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction_critique.doc). Please take care to ensure your file names are properly formatted. 

*Entries that fail to follow submission guidelines will be disqualified. 

Submit - Nonmembers

Submit - Members


Publication Rights:

  • WWA reserves the right to publish winning entries on its website. First-place winners are expected to submit a brief biography and head shot for use in promotion of the Jade Ring Writing Contest.
  • WWA reserves the right for Jade Ring Writing Contest administrators to copy edit winning entries prior to publication on its website, in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and other partner publications.


Special note: Please add submit@wiwrite.org to your contact list to ensure timely emails that do not disappear into spam or junk folders.


Meet Our Judges 

David J Rank - Fiction 

Author, editor, and recovering journalist, David J. Rank has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and online, with more than 35 short stories and flash fiction pieces published in regional magazines, online, and in anthologies. He is the founder and director of the nonprofit Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat. David is the past president of the Wisconsin Writers Association, and member of Chicago Writers Association, Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, HerStry Writing Community, Horror Writers Association, and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Bruce Dethlefsen - Poetry

Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published.  Bruce volunteers doing poetry workshops in Wisconsin prisons and lives in Westfield, Wisconsin.

Orange Hat Publishing Ten16 Press Editors - Nonfiction 

Sean Malone, Jenna Zerbel, Kaeley Dunteman

Wisconsin Writers Association

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