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Anyone Can Enter the Jade Ring Writing Contest
But Can Anyone Find the Jade Ring?
Nonprofit organization offers cash prizes, publication, critiques and an added challenge
Milwaukee, Wis., March 1, 2021 – The Wisconsin Writers Association is pleased to announce the annual Jade Ring Contest is open for submissions with three accomplished judges who will select first-, second-, and third-place winners, with three honorable mentions. Erin Celello, Laurie Scheer, and Margaret Rozga will judge in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, respectively.
“The Jade Ring Writing Contest has a long and storied history in Wisconsin. Our judges this year are once again a stellar group of accomplished authors from around the state who share the craft of their genres with aspiring authors,” said Barry Wightman, WWA President. “It’s a great time to be competitive – enter the contest and get a critique on your work from our judges for not much money. It’s a great deal.”
Contest winners can earn the coveted jade ring, cash prizes and publication, bolstering their author platform. All Jade Ring Contest finalists and honorable mentions will be published in WWA’s annual Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and receive a complimentary copy of the journal. Contest entrants have the option to request critique feedback by judges for a nominal fee. Read Jade Ring Writing Contest entry details and submit online using this link: https://wiwrite.org/contests
“It’s exciting to be kicking off this year’s writing competition with a statewide challenge – to find the original jade ring that James L. Kraft designed in 1950,” said Wightman. “We invite everyone throughout the state to help us find the jade ring so we can restore history to the state’s oldest writing competition.”
In Search of the Jade Ring
The WWA’s first writing contest began in 1949 when over 1,000 entries in short stories, poems, and plays were submitted. The “jade ring” became the prize in 1950 when James L. Kraft suggested the idea to WWA members he met by happenstance while stopping for lunch near one of his homes in northern Wisconsin. Kraftwood is a sprawling estate that Kraft had built along the edge of Lake Mashkinosiew, 20 miles from his manufacturing plant in Antigo. The 76-year-old founder of Kraft Foods had passions other than pasteurizing cheese. Kraft was an amateur jewelry maker, and it was his suggestion to the WWA members he overheard planning the first-annual writing contest at the diner that serendipitous day, that they allow him to design and donate custom made jade rings for the contest prizes.
Kraft passed away two years later, leaving behind one of the world’s largest food manufacturing companies and a unique and legendary prize for what has become the state’s oldest writing contest. Somewhere along the line, the original jade ring designs were lost when the jeweler either was destroyed or went out of business. The jade ring has undergone at least two transformations since Kraft’s original design went missing.
To honor the legacy of the Kraft’s jade ring design, the WWA is in search of an original ring, allowing the organization to restore the writing contest prize for what it was meant to be.
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About Wisconsin Writers Association
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, sharing experiences and knowledge as it encourages members in their art. Visit https://wiwrite.org/
Winners Announced in WWA 2020 Jade Ring Contest
Esteemed judges select winners among nonfiction, fiction and poetry entries Milwaukee, Wis.,
July 20, 2020 – The Wisconsin Writers Association is pleased to announce the results of its 74th annual Jade Ring Contest. The contest provides opportunities for writers to submit their work in three genre categories. Jenna Kowaleski, Camilia Cenek, and Yvette Viets Flaten won in fiction, nonfiction and poetry categories, respectively. They will each receive the prized award of a jade ring, or cash substitute. All finalists will be honored at a virtual event this fall.
“Announcing Jade Ring winners is always a pleasure, but this year, of course, it’s different,” said Barry Wightman, WWA President. “Seeing so many writers across the state discovering their own story, their own truth and beauty, I am reminded – writers write – no matter what. We’re good.”
Entrants in each of the Jade Ring Contest categories had the opportunity to win first, second, or third place. Three honorable mention finishes were also selected in each category. Nearly 240 entries were received overall, an increase of over 25% from the record set in 2019. Details about the Jade Ring Contest virtual event, and the annual WWA fall conference scheduled for Saturday, October 3, will be announced on the WWA website soon.
All Jade Ring Contest finalists will receive cash awards, be published in WWA’s annual Creative Wisconsin literary journal, and receive a complimentary copy of the journal. Honorable mention finalists receive one-year new or renewed memberships in the WWA. WWA wishes to thank its judges who provided paid critique services to contest entrants.
Poetry Judge – Dasha Kelly Hamilton 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 UWMilwaukee. 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
Fiction 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
Nonfiction Judge – BJ Hollars is an author and 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 For information contact: Christine Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org (262) 939-3436 founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. For more visit bjhollars.com
Copies of the 2020 Creative Wisconsin literary journal will be available for sale from Amazon in early October.WWA will share detailed information for purchasing the anthology soon.
The Jade Ring Contest will open again in spring of 2021. WWA membership is not required to enter the contest, however, submission fees are reduced for WWA members and the organization offers a discounted membership rate for those who sign up when they enter the contest.
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among other provisions, the bill includes emergency funding for creative sector through National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, expanded unemployment insurance, and SBA loans. Updated 3-30-30, 1 pm, and with more info as we have it.
CARES Act, final document as of 3/27/2020
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The High School Writing Contest opens February 6 and closes April 30, 2020.
Find contest details and submission form at: https://forms.gle/pkfMQF1JFxLtQui99
2020 High School Writing Contest (002).pdf
WIN CASH PRIZES, PUBLICATION & GAIN VALUABLE FEEDBACK on fiction, nonfiction and poetry work
The Jade Ring Contest opens March 1 and closes June 5, 2020.
Find submission fees, eligibility & manuscript requirements at https://wiwrite.org/contests
Accomplished judges will select first-, second-, and third-place winners, with three honorable mentions.
Fiction Contest Judge
Nonfiction Contest Judge
Poetry Contest Judge
Enter WWA’s High School Writing Contest
CASH AWARDS for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in fiction & nonfiction.
Open to any junior or senior high school student in Wisconsin
No entry fee. 1,500 word maximum.
Wisconsin Writers Association is pleased to announce its new book review service for its members. WWA authors are asked to limit review requests to 1 per year per calendar year. Completed reviews will be posted on the WWA website, and a link to the full review will appear in the monthly news release. Books of most genres except for pornographic or libelous material may be submitted. Not included in this program are individual short stories, poems, or articles that appear on websites or other social media sites, ezines, anthologies, print magazines, or newspapers but we do encourage you to support all of our authors by visiting their blogs and articles. Books of any publication date are acceptable. Self-published material that has been edited by a third party is acceptable.
The review program is offered on a volunteer basis, and a request is not a guarantee of review.
At this time the WWA Book Review Program is a perk of WWA membership. Only WWA members should apply. To join WWA click here https://wiwrite.org/about-wwa-2/join.
Send submissions to request a book review to Lisa Lickel, Book Review Coordinator, email@example.com and include the following information.
Name of author:
Author bio (no more than 100 words):
Title of Book:
Links of sites to potentially post the review besides the (WWA website).
WISCONSIN WRITERS ASSOCIATION TO HOST WRITING AND PUBLISHING WISDOM AT HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY
Middleton, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Writers Association invites writers of all genres to Writing and Publishing Wisdom on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the beautiful Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton.
Featuring Wisconsin Poet Laureate Peggy Rozga, Chicago historical mystery writer Susanna Calkins, award-winning mystery/suspense author Nick Chiarkas, and Wisconsin authors Kim Suhr and Elizabeth Jorgensen. Three well-known Wisconsin publishers, HenschelHAUS, OrangeHat, and Cornerstone Publishing will engage in a panel discussion - Pathway to Publication.
The program will also include an awards presentation recognizing the winners of 2019 WWA Jade Ring and High School writing contests, as well as readings by select award winners.
Writing and Publishing Wisdom will take place from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 in the Garden Room at Holy Wisdom Monastery Retreat Center at 4200 Co Hwy M in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Registration is required and includes morning refreshments and buffet lunch.
To register, or for more information, visit https://wiwrite.org/
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 workshops and events throughout Wisconsin, offering discounts and exclusive resources. We aim to share experiences and knowledge while encouraging our members in their pursuit of this most noble art. Develop your craft. Discover resources. Expand your network. Build your audience. Visit https://wiwrite.org/
ST. CROIX WRITERS AND WISCONSIN WRITERS ASSOCIATION TO HOST NORTHLANDS FALL WRITERS CONFERENCE
Solon Springs, Wisconsin - St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association invite writers and fans of all genres to their upcoming Northlands Fall Writers Conference on Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Designed for writers and readers, this event offers the opportunity to explore several genres of writing, examine various aspects of the writing process, and discuss and learn about the benefits of professional manuscript editing. This full-day conference also offers opportunities to purchase books by regional authors.
This conference will feature a Keynote Address by bestselling thriller author Brian Freeman. Freeman, whose psychological thrillers have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages, has been named by Putnam and the Robert Ludlum estate as the official author to continue the Jason Bourne franchise. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Award, while his Audible Original THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW was a #1 Audible and Amazon Audio bestseller. His first book in the Jason Bourne franchise, THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY, will be released in 2020.
The conference will also feature presentations by Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2017-2018, Karla Huston, and Wisconsin Writers Association President, Barry Wightman. Other presenters include Gary Banker, Thomas Wayne King, Naomi Musch, Abby Frucht, and Marty Russo.
The Northlands Fall Writers Conference will take place from 8:30am to 4:00pm on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Solon Springs Community Center located at 11523 S Business Hwy 53 in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.
Registration is required and includes a catered lunch and afternoon refreshments.
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:
Members with news to share are invited to send their announcements to Barb Messick at firstname.lastname@example.org
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