WWA Jade Ring Contests


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2018 Jade Ring Contest



For 2018, all finalists in the Jade Ring Contest (four categories, first, second, third and three honorable mentions, that’s 24 entries) will receive the following:

  • First place winners receive a Jade Ring or cash prize, a certificate and recognition at the Jade Ring award ceremony during the WWA Fall Writers Conference; all other finalists receive cash award and/or certificate.
  • All winners will be published in Creative Wisconsin Anthology (author retains all rights following publication) (there will be no Creative Wisconsin literary journal for 2018).
  • Each winner will receive a complimentary copy of Creative Wisconsin Anthology containing their award-winning piece.
  • Creative Wisconsin Anthology will be available on Amazon,
  • Top three winners in each category will be featured at a reading during the 2018 WWA Fall Writers Conference,

Submission guidelines

WWA membership not required

Submission dates: March 1, 2018 to May 10, 2018

Finalists will be notified by June 15, 2018


Fiction: written for children through adults                            up to 2000 words

Non-fiction: article, memoir, essay, nostalgia                           up to 2000 words

Poetry: all forms                                                                              up to 75 lines

Humor: fiction or non-fiction                                                       up to 800 words

(Please, all entries original and not previously published in any form or medium including online publications)



First place:                                       $100.00 or Jade Ring for first-time winners

Second place                                   $70.00

Third place                                       $40.00

Three honorable mentions           No cash prize



Each manuscript should have category and title in header at the top of each page.

Do not put author’s name on entry.

Double space with one-inch margins, Times New Roman size 12 font is recommended.

Poetry can be either single or double spaced.

Respect word/line length requirements.

Submit manuscript as Microsoft Word document only.

No drawings or pictures accepted.

OUR JUDGES: Jerry Apps, Bruce Dethlefsen, Kathie Giorgio


To receive judge’s feedback, add $10.00 per critique payment on entry form. Judges’ feedback will be returned by e-mail after conference.



Entry fee WWA members: $15.00

Entry fee non-members: $20.00



Please proofread your pieces for accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

No vulgar language or erotica accepted.

Judges do blind judging.

WWA reserves the right to cancel any category when there are too few entries or not make an award when entries lack merit. In either case, entrants will be notified and fees returned.

Failure to follow ALL of the above guidelines may disqualify your entry.


All entries submitted electronically; click here to submit

Payment through Paypal and credit card


Any questions or concerns e-mail Karin Schmidt at karinss1945@outlook.com



WWA Is Proud to Announce the 2017 Winners of the Jade Ring Contests

Poetry (Judge: Peggy Rozga)

1st: Epiphany                     Susan Huebner, member

2nd: without a voice          Mary Jo Balistreri, member

3rd: Ripple                         Mary Jo Balistreri, member

HM-1: Dreaming in Italian       Mike Orlock, member

HM-2: Blankets                  Susan Huebner, member


Fiction (Judge: Julie Tallard Johnson)

1st: I Can Fight as Well as Any Man    Kathy Waldvogel, member

2nd: The Woolworth’s Getaway    James Brakken, member

3rd: Best Day Ever                           Ed Sarna, member

HM 1: On their Own Terms                        Nancy Jesse, member

HM 2: Yogovah                                 Steve Fox, non-member

Nonfiction (Judge: Laurie Scheer)

1st: Small Decision, Big Sacrifice    Greg Peck, member

2nd: Frightening the Horses      Gary Jones, member

3rd: Turnkey Treasure                 Julia Gimbel, member

HM-1: Peeling the Onion                Bill Mathis, member

HM-2: The Chafing Dish               Mary J. Guhl, member

Humor (Judge: Joel Habush)

1st: The Perils of Parenting                    Robert Robeson, nonmember

2nd: The Defibrillator Meal                       Ed Sarna, member

3rd: Soap Opera Diva                              Pat Palechec, nonmember

HM-1: Just Short of Road Rage at the Checkout Aisles      Greg Peck, member

HM-2: Retirement Dreams                        Bill Mathis, member