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The 2019 Jade Ring Contest is closed.

Congratulations to the following contest winners

Pamela J.A. Fullerton, for her work of fiction, “Going to the Dickens”, an engaging, carefully crafted story about an elderly woman who faces a life-and-death problem in her own special way.

Janice Wilberg, for her humorous piece, “Crop Tending”, a story about a rookie gardener with big time master gardener dreams.

Julia Gimbel for her nonfiction, “My Miss New Orleans”, a strong, engaging and complete story about launching a child into the world of higher education.

Kayla Knaack for her poem, “Bathtub Baptism”, that tells a story, the emotion progressing in a surprising, yet convincing way from stanza to stanza.

Fiction

1st

Going to the Dickens

Pamela Fullerton

2nd

Come Hell or High Water

Harold Thorpe

3rd

First In

Lawrence Wilson

HM

Peristalmosis

Steve Fox

HM

On the Line

Emily Bertholf

HM

The Measure of a Man's Life

Myles Hopper

Humor

1st

Crop Tending 

Janice Wilberg

2nd

Championship Pig Riding

Pamela Fullerton

3rd

Sport of Cow Jumping

Pamela Fullerton

HM

You Stole a Pizza My Heart

Christy Wopat

HM

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Skirts

Judith Liebaert

HM

For Immediate Release

Rosie Klepper

Nonfiction

1st 

My Miss New Orleans 

Julia Gimbel

2nd

Test Anxiety

Gary Jones

3rd

Riding Coal in 1979

Jim Guhl

HM

Hot Popcorn

Julia Gimbel

HM

Traveling

Janice Wilberg

HM

The Little Rascal

Nancy Runner

Poetry

1st 

Bathtub Baptism

Kayla Knaack

2nd

Ankle Deep in Icy Water

Nancy Jesse

3rd

Grand Street Movement

Nick Chiarkas

HM

Alma's Sky

Kathleen Fletemeyer

HM

Ode to the Piano

Mary Jo Balistreri

HM

Barkeep's Morning

Lora Keller

Special thanks are extended to the 2019 Jade Ring Contest judges

  • Poetry – Max Garland is Professor Emeritus at UW-Eau Claire and recently served as Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire. His latest book is “The Word We Used for It”, and was winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Max is the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.
  • Fiction – Judy Bridges is “The Boss” in the Wisconsin writing community. She founded Redbird Writing Studio in Milwaukee in 1993, and included much of her writing wisdom in her good-natured guide to the craft, Shut Up & Write! 
  • Nonfiction – Jim Landwehr has five books, The Portland House, Dirty Shirt, Written Life, Reciting From Memory, and On a Road. He is poet laureate for the Village of Wales, WI.
  • Humor – Mel Miskimen is an award-winning writer and Moth storyteller. Her book, “Sit. Stay. Heal”, was a selection on WPR’s Chapter A Day. Modern Dog Magazine called it a must read.


2020 JADE RING CONTEST AND CREATIVE WISCONSIN COLLABORATION 

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 held in Fall 2020; all other finalists receive cash award and/or certificate.
  • All winners will be published in Creative Wisconsin Anthology. By submitting your work, you are granting WWA permission to publish it in Creative Wisconsin. Author retains all rights following publication. If your entry is accepted for publication elsewhere after you have entered, you must withdraw the piece from consideration.
  • Each winner will receive a complimentary copy of Creative Wisconsin Anthology containing their award-winning piece.
  • Creative Wisconsin Anthology will be available on the WWA website and from the publisher.

  • 2019 first place entries will additionally appear in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine summer issue, a quarterly publication of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture highlighting new works from authors, artists and photographers from across the state. All WWA members will receive a one-time complimentary copy of the magazine’s summer issue.


The 2020 Jade Ring Contest will open in the spring. Watch for submission guidelines early next year.


Pieces recognized in the 2018 Jade Ring Contest have been published in Creative Wisconsin, a literary journal. Copies of the Creative Wisconsin Literary Journal for 2018 is available for purchase online, or by sending a check for $10 to Kymberley Pekrul W1347 Pit Rd., Mount Calvary, WI 53057-9508 (please include the address to which you would like the copy sent).

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