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Winners Announced in WWA 2019 Jade Ring Contest
Annual writing contest recognizes authors in four genre categories
Milwaukee, Wis., July 14, 2019 – The Wisconsin Writers Association is pleased to announce the results from its annual Jade Ring Contest, offering opportunities for writers to submit their work in four genre categories. Pamela J.A. Fullerton, Janice Wilberg, Julia Gimbel and Kayla Knaack won the contest in the categories of fiction, humor, nonfiction and poetry, respectively. They will each receive the traditional award of a jade ring, or cash substitute. All finalists will be honored at the annual WWA fall conference on Saturday, October 5 at the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wis.
“WWA has been serving Wisconsin writers with resources like the Jade Ring Contest for seventy-one years,” said Barry Wightman, WWA President. “Since its inception in 1948, WWA has worked to encourage, educate, support and promote writers, and the Jade Ring Contest is one of our most prestigious programs that allows us to uphold that mission.”
Entrants in each of the Jade Ring Contest’s genre categories had the opportunity to be awarded first, second, or third place. Three honorable mention finishes were also awarded in each category. Nearly 200 entries were received in the categories of fiction (short story, flash, novel excerpt written for adults), nonfiction (article, memoir, essay, nostalgia), humor (fiction or non-fiction), and poetry (all forms).
First place entries will 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.
All Jade Ring Contest finalists will receive cash awards and/or certificates, be published in WWA’s annual Creative Wisconsinliterary journal, and receive a complimentary copy of the journal. WWA wishes to thank its partners, Creative Wisconsin, and Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, for their generous contributions to foster WWA’s mission pillar to promote member writers.
The first Jade Ring contest was launched in 1948 as the Wisconsin Rural Writers Association. This year’s contest entrants had the option to request a critique for a nominal reading fee by these accomplished judges:
St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association are pleased to announce their Northland Fall Writers Conference, September 28, 2019. Registration begins at 8:30 am, Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S. Business Highway 53, Solon Springs, WI. Conference fee of $49.00 (WWA members $39.00) includes a catered lunch, morning, and afternoon refreshments.
The conference is designed for you, writers and readers. During this exciting and eclectic day, you will explore and learn about several genres of writing, plus examine the benefits of professional editing for your manuscripts. This full-day conference includes opportunities for you to purchase books by regional authors in a vendor area.
Brian Freeman, international best-selling psychological thriller author, will present "Thrill Seeker: A Writer's Life in the Northland." Freeman, keynote presenter, is well known for his strong, complex characters including Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton and Cab Bolton, with the Stride detective series set in Duluth, MN. Brian's books are sold in 46 countries and translated into 22 languages. He lives and writes in St. Paul, MN.
During his fifteen years as a Midwestern writer, Brian Freeman has seen the publishing world turn upside down and reinvent itself. But one thing hasn’t changed: the love that readers have for a great story.
Brian will take you through the evolution of his career, from writing award-winning Northland thrillers to recently taking over Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne franchise, with the next book in the series, The Bourne Conspiracy, planned for 2020 release.
Brian will also speak about how he develops characters and stories for different settings, platforms, and audiences. He will answer your questions about thriving in today’s publishing industry.
Please find additional info at Brian's website: www.bfreemanbooks.com
Additional guest presenters during the day will include Karla Huston, WI Poet Laureate 2017-2018; Abby Frucht, novelist; and Barry Whiteman, author, editor and president of WWA.
Regional authors featured will include, Gary Banker, Thomas Wayne King, Naomi Musch, and Marty Russo.
Book tables and sales by authors and vendors will be available all day until 4 pm.
Your cost to attend will be $49.00 (WWA members $39.00) including program, catered lunch, snacks, and artisanal coffees. Authors and other literary vendors can reserve a vendor table for an additional $15.00.
Full information and details will be available soon at WiWrite.org.
Save the date! Plan to attend! Saturday. September 28, 2019. Solon Springs, WI.
If you love to read and write, this day is for you. Don't miss it!
Brian Freeman, international best-selling author of the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton thriller series will be keynote presenter at the Northland Fall Writers Conference, September 28, in Solon Springs, Wisconsin. Freeman has recently taken on Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne franchise, and is writing the next book in that series, The Bourne Conspiracy, to be released in 2020. To register and for more information check www.WI.Write.org This conference is sponsored by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Everyone is welcome, writers and readers
Madison, WI, May 8, 2019: The Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA) announced the winners of its annual Wisconsin Public High School Writing Contest. Emily Elfner, from Arrowhead Union High School of Hartland, WI, and Justice Wells of Black Hawk High School in South Wayne, WI, shared first place honors in this year’s competition.
Emily Elfner won first prize for her piece, “Welcome to Spain”, a vivid description of the Spanish tortilla that fully captures the cultural experience.
Justice Wells was also named a first prize winner for his essay, “Auschwitz”, a haunting and dramatic commentary on the Nazi death camp.
Arrowhead Union High School dominated the rest of the competition, taking second and third place prizes. Nicole Larson and Rachel Kriehn were named co-winners of second prize. Joanna Wahmhoff and Jordon Gravelle shared third place honors.
Jackie Granger, WWA Member and Program Chair of the Youth Committee Member, said, “Student writing is so important. Any time a young person creates a story or an essay, whatever it is, she or he reaches deep inside, going somewhere new and unexpected. It’s a kind of creative magic that occurs in the mind. Such a lovely thing. We’re so pleased to encourage our young writers.”
In 2020, WWA will again hold its annual statewide writing contest for Wisconsin public high school students, grades 9 through 12. Designed to encourage and nurture students’ creative writing, the contest opens December 1, 2019, closes March 1, 2020.
Founded in 1948, the Wisconsin Writers Association is a creative community dedicated to the support of writers and authors. WWA sponsors and hosts year-round conferences and events throughout Wisconsin, offering discounts and exclusive resources. The Association aims to share experiences and knowledge while encouraging its members in their pursuit of this most noble art—Develop your craft. Discover resources. Expand your network. Build your audience. Visit https://wiwrite.org/
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Brookfield, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Writers Association welcomed a new president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer to its executive team during its annual conference in Brookfield on Friday, September 21, 2018.
The incoming secretary/treasurer is Kim Suhr. Ms. Suhr is the Director of Red Oak Writing and author of Nothing to Lose (Cornerstone Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in various publications, including Pink Panther Magazine, Midwest Review, Stonecoast Review, The Other Stories (podcast) and Family Stories from the Attic (Hidden Timber Books, 2017). Suhr holds an MFA from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College in Boston, where she was the Dennis Lehane Fellow.
Kymberley Pekrul will serve as the new vice president. Ms. Pekrul is a food and lifestyle blogger and founder of the website G-Free Deliciously. A self-described solopreneur, writer, storyteller, gardener, cook, and history lover, she is devoted to developing and sharing recipes with people seeking to vary, expand, or improve their gluten-free options.
Barry Wightman will serve as the new president. Mr. Wightman is a novelist, voiceover talent, and award-winning essayist whose work has been featured on WUWM Milwaukee NPR. His first novel, Pepperland (Running Meter Press, 2013), earned a starred review on Booklist and a Silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association in 2013. He is Program Chair for the 2018 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha’s Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. A long-time reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books and past fiction editor of the literary journal, Hunger Mountain, Wightman holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Wisconsin Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that encourages, educates, supports, and promotes its member writers. For more information about WWA, its members, activities, and publications, visit wiwrite.org.
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