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The contest has completed for 2022. Please watch for announcements for the next Jade Ring contest in 2023.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 73rd annual Jade Ring Writing Contest


  • First Place: Notes to the New Facilitator of the Reminiscence Writing Group at Sunnyvale Retirement Community by Nancy Jesse
  • Second Place: Larmet Lunker by Steve Fox
  • Third Place: Chapter Three: An Avatar is Born by Sherry Lee Feig
  • Honorable Mention: Two's a Crowd by Silvia Acevedo
  • Honorable Mention: Come Ye Wanderin' Goats by Ryan David Fleming 


  • First Place: Mormon Girl and the Styrofoam Harem by Adrianna Lewis McCollum  
  • Second Place: Message in a Cyber Bottle by RJ Kinderman
  • Third Place: Snow Over Grass by Ann Zindler
  • Honorable Mention: Intricate Pattern by Aleta L. Chosseck
  • Honorable Mention: Water Spirits by Nancy Jesse
  • Honorable Mention: The Dummy Never Showed up by Victoria Lynn Smith


  • First Place: Reflections of a Poet as a Young Girl 1969 by Yvette Viets Flaten 
  • Second Place: ALICE Drill by Sylvia Cavanaugh 
  • Third Place: Love by Lynn Aprill
  • Honorable Mention: Missing by Sara Sarna
  • Honorable Mention: Letter to My Mother in Winter by R.B. Simon
  • Honorable Mention: Marriage by Lynne Shaner

Thank You To 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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