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WWA is pleased to present its 72nd annual writing contest!

Gain attention and valuable feedback on your fiction, nonfiction and poetry work. The 2020 Jade Ring Contest opens March 1 and closes June 5, 2020.

First-place winning stories and poems are published in print and online issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, and all award-winning authors have their work published in WWA’s annual Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

Plus, 2020 Jade Ring Writing Contest winners will receive the following:

First Place: $100 cash prize plus a coveted Jade Ring or $200; publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, and the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Second Place: $100 cash prize and publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Third Place: $50 cash prize and publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology

Honorable Mention (three honorable mentions will be selected in each category): publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and a one-year WWA membership (new or renewed)

Read eligibility and manuscript requirements prior to submission. CLICK HERE

WWA Members SUBMIT HERE (member login required)

Nonmembers SUBMIT HERE


The Jade Ring contest fiction category is open to short story, flash, novel excerpt, romance, mystery, humor, science fiction, fantasy, etc. Limit: 2,000 words.

r.r. campbell
Fiction Contest Judge

r.r. campbell is an author, writing coach, and the founder of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective that's been helping creatives worldwide become more confident in themselves and in their craft since 2016. He is also an instructor for the University of Wisconsin's Continuing Education programs, and his novels and short fiction have reached thousands across the globe. For more visit rrcampbellwrites.com 


The Jade Ring contest nonfiction category is open to articles, essay, nostalgia, memoir, humor, self-help, etc. Limit: 2,000 words.

B.J. Hollars
Nonfiction Contest Judge

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians and the Weird in Flyover Country, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders,  Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, and From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human.  Hollars is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers' Blei-Derleth Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award.  He is the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.  For more visit bjhollars.com


The Jade Ring contest poetry category is open to any style or theme. Limit: Up to three poems per entry. No poem may be longer than one page. Pages may be single or double spaced.

Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Poetry Contest Judge

Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist and creative change agent.  Through responsive and respectful intentionality, Dasha leverages the creative process to facilitate critical dialogues around human and social wellness.  Dasha delivers her engagement sessions to campuses, classrooms, correctional institutions, association conferences, social service agencies, municipal departments and team retreats.

Her nonprofit, Still Waters Collective, has curated poetry programming and spoken word events in the region for almost 20 years. The work has been impacting more than 13,000 youth, provided professional development to more than 100 young people, and created platforms for thousands of voices to be honored and heard.

Dasha has written for national, regional and local magazines; produced three collections of poetry; recorded four spoken word CDs; and published two novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has taught writing courses at Mount Mary University, Alverno College and UW-Milwaukee. Dasha served as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy to teach, perform and facilitate community building initiatives in Botswana and the island of Mauritius.  A former Artist of the Year for the City of Milwaukee, Dasha was recently named the city’s 11th Poet Laureate. For more visit dashakellly.com 

WWA Members SUBMIT HERE (member login required)

Nonmembers SUBMIT HERE

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Contest winners will be announced in July of 2020

All submissions are judged blindly, and the selection of winners is based solely on the criteria of the contest judges.




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