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Jade Ring Writing Contest (Nonmember Submissions) Wisconsin Writers Association

The Wisconsin Writers Association is proud to present the 75th annual Jade Ring Writing Contest

Categories:

  • Fiction: Including short story, flash, novel excerpts, romance, mystery, humor, science fiction, fantasy, etc. Limit 2,000 words.
  • Nonfiction: Including article, essay, nostalgia, memoir, humor, self-help, etc. Limit 2,000 words.
  • Poetry: Including any style or theme. Up to three poems may be submitted per entry. No poems may be longer than a page.

Eligibility:

  • 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), have not used any kind of artificial intelligence in content development or creation, have not previously placed in the Jade Ring contest, will be considered. Send your best work, proofread, short, complete, standalone pieces in the category.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other contests or for publication are allowed; however, applicants MUST email [email protected] to withdraw your submission if it is accepted or wins/places in a contest elsewhere before August 1, 2024. No refunds.
  • Jade Ring Contest Administrators reserve the right to close any category that does not meet the minimum level of 40 submissions, in which case entry fees will be refunded.
  • Questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].

Submission Guidelines:*

  • The Jade Ring Contest opens for submissions on March 1, 2024, 12:01 a.m. Central Time and closes on June 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
  • The Jade Ring Contest accepts online submissions and payments only. WWA uses Duosuma for a submission platform and entrants will be required to create an account to submit.
    • Member fee: $20
    • Non-member fee: $30
    • Optional additional fee for paid critique by the judge (except the special category “What Wisconsin Means to Me”): $20
  • Submission deadline: June 1, 2024, 11:59pm Central Time.
  • All entries must be formatted as double spaced (with the exception of poetry, which may be single spaced and specially formatted if needed), 1 inch margins, paginated, and in 12 PT Times New Roman font.
  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document. PDF files and other file types such as Pages and Google Docs will not be accepted.
    • Word count limit for Fiction and Nonfiction: No more than 2,000 words total for each entry.
    • Poetry: up to three poems per entry, each poem must fit on a single separate page.
    • Special category for our 75th Jade Ring competition: “What Wisconsin Means to Me.” This is an OPEN category – any type of text—essay, poetry, fiction, article—up to 1,500 words is acceptable **Please note there will be NO PAID FEEDBACK for this category**
  • Entries must be text only. No art or graphics allowed.
  • Excessive cursing, sexually or violence-explicit, or hate speech, is not allowed.
  • 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 for fiction/nonfiction must be placed at the top of first page. Title(s) of Poetry must appear at the top of each page for each poem.
  • Please name your files you will upload as follows: Title(underline)category (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction.doc) or Title_category_critique, if you are purchasing a paid critique option (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_fiction_critique.doc); for poetry, as many titles as submitted, complete title of first poem, and, as applicable, the first word (after The) of the title of the second and third poems, like so: MerryWives_Rain_Pretty_poetry.doc, or Merrywives_Rain_Pretty_poetry_critique.doc).
  • Please take care to ensure your file names are properly formatted. Questions to [email protected]

*Entries that fail to follow submission guidelines will be disqualified, no refund.

Publication Rights:

  • WWA reserves one-time rights to publish winning entries in Creative Wisconsin Magazine. All winners and placers are expected to submit a brief biography for use in promotion of the Jade Ring Writing Contest. If you do not wish your piece to be published, do not enter the contest.
  • WWA reserves the right for Jade Ring Writing Contest administrators to copy edit winning entries prior to publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine, and other partner publications.
  • A Jade Ring gala to celebrate winning and placing entries will be held at the annual Fall Conference. You may wish to participate and may read from your entry.

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

Winning and Placing entrants will be notified of a win/place, by August 15, 2024, with paid critiques returned on or shortly thereafter. The honorees will be named and awards given out at the Jade Ring 75th Anniversary Banquet on Friday, October 25 at the WWA Annual Fall Conference in La Crosse.

Prizes:

  • First Place (in each category) - Jade Ring + $250 cash, and publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine. Winners receive also receive a one-week residency at Write On, Door County in 2025, to be scheduled. Write On offers a comfortable 3-bedroom residence, writing center with library, a 59-acre campus featuring 1.5 miles of groomed hiking trails, plus all that surrounding Door County has to offer: nature, state parks, beaches, and a thriving artist community. www.writeondoorcounty.org The residency does not include travel or meal expenses.
  • Second Place (in each category) - $200 cash, publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine.
  • Third Place (in each category) - $150 cash, publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine.
  • Honorable Mention (up to three in each category, per judge’s prerogative) - one year membership (or renewal) to WWA, publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine.

Quick Links to Open Calls:

Nonmember Fiction Fee: usd $30.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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 acceptation 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.

Nonmember Fiction (Add Critique) Fee: usd $50.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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 acceptation 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.

Nonmember Nonfiction Fee: usd $30.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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 acceptation 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.

Nonmember Nonfiction (Add Critique) Fee: usd $50.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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 acceptation 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.

Nonmember Poetry Fee: usd $30.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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.
  • You may submit up the three poems. All poems must be in the same word document.
  • 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.

Nonmember Poetry (Add Critique) Fee: usd $50.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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.
  • You may submit up the three poems. All poems must be in the same word document.
  • 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.

What WI Means to Me Fee: usd $30.00

Open

Closes on Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 38 days)

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 acceptation 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.

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