"You have to write the book that
wants to be written."

-Madeleine L'Engle 

Hey {Contact_First_Name},

Happy March!

Check out all that WWA has to offer this month. 

    President's Message

    What’re you going to submit? It’s that time of year again and the 73rd annual Jade Ring Writing Contest is open. Fiction – short story, flash, novel excerpt, romance, humor, mystery – whatever. Nonfiction – article, essay, memoir, you name it. Poetry – poets, you know what to do. 

    Like last year, besides winning an actual Jade Ring and $200, our first-place winners in each category will be invited, free of charge, to one of the Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts writing retreats during the winter/spring of 2022 – 2023. A fabulous prize. Have a look here.

    As always, we’ve got a crack team of judges. 

    Fiction: Dave Rank – Founder of the Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and past president of WWA

    Poetry: Bruce Dethlefsen – Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2011 – 2012

    Nonfiction: Orange Hat Publishing and Ten16 Press editors – Sean Malone, Jenna Zerbel, and Kaeley Dunteman

    But wait, there’s more. Submissions will be a breeze! New for this year, WWA now has the Duosuma Submission Manager Platform (from Duotrope, the long-established writers resource service). Easy, easy.

    So, be part of the community of Wisconsin writers, be part of a seventy-three-year Wisconsin institution – the Jade Ring. I ask again: What’re you going to submit?

    Submission guidelines and all other details are here.

    More workshops and events coming up. We’ve got a flash fiction workshop with author and teacher Finn Burnett in April. Nature writing with Laurie Scheer in May, and screenwriting with John Roach in June. Marvelous. Stay tuned for details.

    And save the date for our Annual Conference – September 30 – October 1, up in Superior WI. It’ll be fabulous. In-person, on the shores of Lake Superior. The real deal. 

    Like I always say – you’re a Wisconsin writer. Keep on writing. Keep in touch.


    Creative Wisconsin magazine is back!

    The storied magazine supporting the publishing dreams of Wisconsin Writers Association members returns as an on-line periodical sent to the membership is open for submission.

    In 2022 we will publish and email two editions, one on or about June 1, and the Jade Ring winners and placers edition on or about September 1. Submissions are pen to WWA members and members of other affiliate organizations – please include membership info in your bio. Ask if you have questions. Please include a 2-sentence bio with each submission. Attach your Word doc, or paste your submission in the body of your email. Please send material via email before or by May 1, 2022 for publication in the June 1, 2022 edition. For the full guidelines, please see the website page

    Share your pride in WWA 

    Download badges to include in your email signature and other areas where you want to tell the world about your associations. Visit the WWA website to download your badge.

    Our friends at the Chicago Writers Association are hosting their annual writing conference and we're proud to be a sponsor. Check it out and sign up for a space. 

    Contests and Submission Opportunities

    We've updated our contest and submission page on the website! Make sure to check it out. 


    Indignor House - Annual Writing Competition $ March 31

    Jade Ring - $ Deadline June 30th


    Volunteers Needed!

    Our book review program is seeking volunteer reviewers. Like free books? Want to support fellow Wisconsin writers? Get details here.

    Member News:

    Got news? Email Julia Nusbaum by March 20th to share your news in the next brief.

    Call For Readers! 

    UW Eau Claire is seeking readers for the 16th Annual International Poetry Reading, which will take place Wednesday, April 20th, 6-8 PM in the Ojibwe Ballroom (330 Davies Center). 

    If you can read in a language other than modern standard English, they want to hear from you!  UWEC wants to include as many different languages as possible so that we can all appreciate the beauty and diversity of the world’s voices. Last year, poems were read in more than 20 different languages. Participants will receive a souvenir and a booklet with all of the poems in their original language and English translations. 

    Interested?Email internationalpoetryreading@gmail.com) by Sunday, March 20th to indicate your interest. Write “Poetry Reading” in the subject line followed by the language you’d like to read in (such as, “Poetry Reading-Arabic”). This will get you on the list of readers.  You do not yet need to have chosen a poem—this is just to establish a list of participants.  

    Questions?  Feel free to contact internationalpoetryreading@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page! 

    Write a story that takes place during the a bowling championship in a small town. 

    Write a poem about the transition from winter to spring. 

    Editors Note: The WWA NewsBrief is about member accomplishments, writing events, and contests. It is delivered at the end of each month. If you have news for the June issue please send it to Julia by March 20th. 

    Join a Writing Group

    WWA is a place for writers to meet writers. Have you checked out the list of  writing groups across the state? They meet both in person and online. Check out the list here. 

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    "Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." 

    -Sylvia Plath