WisRWA Calendar

Mar 01
Last Day to Enter Fabulous Five Contest
March 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST is the last day the Fab Five Contest will accept entries. Entries cap at 35 entries per category and all entries received after the deadline will be returned.

For more information: www.wisrwa.org/contests/contest-fab-five
Oct 06
WisRWA 2018 Fall Workshop
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fall Workshop on October 5-6, 2018 at the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort, Rothschild, WI. For more information, click the Workshop tab.
Apr 05
WisRWA 2019 Write Touch Conference
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Write Touch Conference April 5-7, 2019 at the Milwaukee Hyatt in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. The conference will feature Maya Rodale as keynote speaker, and Lisa Cron as one of the headliners. More details to follow!

Meeting Times

Mar 07
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

How to Write a Series

Green Bay Area member, Lily Silver will share her process on how to write a successful series.
Mar 10
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30; Deb’s Café, 1120 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Fear of Writing and Publishing: Success and/or Failure

Is fear holding you back from realizing your dream? Are you afraid of the writing/publishing process, afraid of failing after all your best efforts, or, yes, even afraid of actually succeeding? Then this discussion is for you.
Mar 10
10:00 - 12:00; Marathon County Library, 300 North First Street, Wausau WI

The Nitty Gritty Down & Dirty – Truth About Writing the Break-out Block-Buster Novel

A fun guide to plotting: Why start from scratch and reinvent storytelling? This workshop is a guide that reveals the structure and elements in huge bestsellers. We will see how successful authors break out by satisfying readers’ needs.
Mar 17
11:00-2:30; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level), 2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa

Get Ready to Indie!

WisRWA Member, Nicolette Pierce will share details about self-publishing. Find out if self-publishing is right for you, when to know if you're ready and many more things surrounding this type of publishing.

WisRWA Newsletter

Fabulous Five Contest

Fab 5 Contest Badge

The 2018 Fabulous Five Writing Contest, WisRWA’s chapter contest for unpublished authors  and authors who have not been published in novel length fiction in five years is open for entries!

An entry consists of the opening pages of your unpublished novel, up to 2,500 words.

You can enter in any of the seven categories:

  • Contemporary
  • Historical
  • Inspirational
  • Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Young Adult/New Adult

Categories will be capped at thirty-five (35) entries. Any submissions received after a category has been capped will be returned.

Entry fee is $18 for WisRWA members, $25 for non-members.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018

Any entries received after 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time) on March 1, 2018 will be returned.

*** As an added bonus this year, entrants who opt-in will be entered into a drawing to win a free registration to our one day workshop Unlock Your A Game featuring Heidi Cullinan on October 6, 2018. 


All entrants will be entered into a drawing to receive a detailed critique from a WisRWA published author. See below for more information.


Here’s our lineup of categories and judges for 2018:

Contemporary Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing
Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Historical Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp
Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary Agency
Inspirational Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group
Julie Gwinn, Seymour Agency
Futuristic/Time Travel:
Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press
Samantha Wekstein, Writers House Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense Kristine Swartz, Penquin Random House
Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Women’s Fiction Margaret Johnston, Sourcebooks
Dorian Maffei, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Young Adult/New Adult Ashley Hearn, Page Street Publishing
Veronica Park, Corvisiero Literary Agency




Enter for a chance to win a detailed critique!

Thank you to our published members providing critiques: Jennifer Trethewey, Sara Dahmen, Tina Susedik, Amy Sandas, Cheryl Yeko, Mary Jo Schiebl, Tessa McFionnLois Greiman, and Barbara Raffin!

To read more about our published authors, click their name below.
Amy Sandas
Tina Susedik
Jennifer Trethewey
Tessa McFionn
Lois Greiman
Mary Jo Scheibl
Cheryl Yeko
Sara Dahmen
Barbara Raffin

Winners of the FREE Workshop Registration and the Detailed Critiques will be notified when finalists are announced.


Any questions? Please contact the Fabulous Five Contest Coordinator: Molly Maka at fabfive @ wisrwa.org.


For more information:

Complete Details, Rules, and Eligibility (pdf format)

Score Sheet (pdf format)


Past Winners of the Fab Five Contest