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Jade Ring Writing Contest Member Only Submissions Wisconsin Writers Association

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  • Contest is open to anyone writing in English, age 18 or older.
  • Only original submissions which have not been published in print, digital, or online (including blogs or social media) will be considered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, applicants MUST email [email protected] to withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Jade Ring Contest Administrators and Wisconsin Writers Association Board Members are not eligible to submit.
  • Jade Ring Contest Administrators reserve the right to close any category that does not meet the minimum level of submissions, in which case entry fees will be refunded.
  • Questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].

Submission Guidelines:*

  • The Jade Ring Contest accepts online submissions and payments only. Mailed submissions will be discarded without being read.
  • One entry per category per person.
  • All entries must be formatted as double spaced (with the exception of poetry, which may be single spaced), 12 PT font, 1 inch margins, paginated, and in a common serif font such as Times New Roman.
  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document. PDF files and other file types such as Pages and Google Docs will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be text only. Please do not insert clip art, drawings, icons or any graphics within the document.
  • The Jade Ring Contest is judged blind. Author name should NOT appear on the submission, either on the manuscript or on the file name.
  • Title and Word Count must be placed at the top of the first page.
  • Please name your files as follows: Title +category (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction.doc) or Title+category+critique, if you are purchasing a paid critique option (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction_critique.doc). Please take care to ensure your file names are properly formatted.

*Entries that fail to follow submission guidelines will be disqualified.

Publication Rights:

  • WWA reserves the right to publish winning entries on its website. First-place winners are expected to submit a brief biography and head shot for use in promotion of the Jade Ring Writing Contest.
  • WWA reserves the right for Jade Ring Writing Contest administrators to copy edit winning entries prior to publication on its website, in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and other partner publications.

Special note: Please add [email protected] to your contact list to ensure timely emails that do not disappear into spam or junk folders.


First Place (in each category) - Jade Ring + $200, writing retreat at Shake Rag Alley, publication in Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

Second Place (in each category) - $150 cash, publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

Third Place (in each category) - $100 cash, publication in the Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

Honorable Mention (three in each category) - one year membership (or renewal) to WWA, publication in Creative Wisconsin Anthology.

There are no active public submission calls for this project.

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