In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Jade Ring Contest we’re strolling back to an elegant moment in time when winners were announced at the Annual Fall Conference Jade Ring Banquet. This year, judging will be provided by:
Besides glory, cash, and a Jade Ring, the four first-place winners will also receive a one-week residency at Write On, Door County
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Winning and Placing entrants will be notified of a win/place, by August 15, 2024, with paid critiques returned on or shortly thereafter. The honorees will be named and awards given out at the Jade Ring 75th Anniversary Banquet on Friday, October 25 at the WWA Annual Fall Conference in La Crosse.
Meet the Judges
Max Garland, former Wisconsin poet laureate (2013-14) and UW emeritus instructor
Max is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. His poems, essays, stories, and interviews have appeared in many journals, anthologies, and newspapers, and his poetry has been regularly featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. Garland is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Born and raised in western Kentucky, Garland worked for nearly a decade as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, where his parents and grandparents lived, and the route his grandfather once delivered, an experience that laid the foundation for his first book of poems, The Postal Confessions. He is also a songwriter and musician, a member of the band Eggplant Heroes, and has written librettos for several large choral music performances.
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Christina Marrocco, author, editor, and college instructor
Christina works in multiple genres including Literary Fiction, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and an assortment of poetic modes. She often sets her work in Illinois and the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, having a foot in each state all of her life. Her debut novel, Addio, Love Monster, won Best New Indie Fiction, 2022, Chicago Writers Association. She has a second novel forthcoming with a UK press, and is working on two book length pieces of Creative Nonfiction. Her poetry appears in many journals, including Silverbirch Press, Ovunque Siamo, Red Fern Review, House Mountain Review, and the Laurel Review. She teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition at Elgin Community College, Elgin Illinois, and is the new Prose Editor for Ovunque Siamo.