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The 2020 Jade Ring Contest opens this Spring.

Finalists in the four categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Humor and Poetry will receive the following:

  • First place winners receive a Jade Ring or cash prize and consideration for publication in the Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine
  • Second and Third place finalists receive a cash award
  • All honorable mentions receive a certificate

Contest rules and deadline to follow soon. Please check back for details.

All winners’ entries will be published in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology and will be recognized at the annual Jade Ring award ceremony in the fall (date & location TBD). Each winner will receive a complimentary copy of Creative Wisconsin Anthology containing their award-winning piece.

Congratulations to the 2019 Jade Ring contest winners:

Pamela J.A. Fullerton, for “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.

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

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

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

All Fiction Winners
1st place: Going to the Dickens by Pamela Fullerton

2nd place: Come Hell or High Water by Harold Thorpe

3rd place: First In by Lawrence Wilson

Honorable Mentions:
by Steve Fox

On the Line
by Emily Bertholf

The Measure of a Man's Life
by Myles Hopper

All Humor Winners
1st place: Crop Tending by Janice Wilberg

2nd place: Championship Pig Riding by Pamela Fullerton

3rd place: Sport of Cow Jumping by Pamela Fullerton

Honorable Mentions:
You Stole a Pizza My Heart
by Christy Wopat

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Skirts
by Judith Liebaert

For Immediate Release
by Rosie Klepper

All Nonfiction Winners
1st place: My Miss New Orleans by Julia Gimbel

2nd place: Test Anxiety by Gary Jones

3rd place: Riding Coal in 1979 by Jim Guhl

Honorable Mentions:
Hot Popcorn
by Julia Gimbel

by Janice Wilberg

The Little Rascal
by Nancy Runner

All Poetry Winners
1st place: Bathtub Baptism by Kayla Knaack

2nd place: Ankle Deep in Icy Water by Nancy Jesse

3rd place: Grand Street Movement by Nick Chiarkas

Honorable Mentions:
Alma's Sky
by Kathleen Fletemeyer

Ode to the Piano
by Mary Jo Balistreri

Barkeep's Morning
by Lora Keller

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.

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.

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).



  • Sun, February 09, 2020 1:00 PM
    The Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland, WI 53029


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