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.

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Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest

Write Touch Readers Award Contest Logo


The Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest is CLOSED for entries!

Best of luck to all entrants!

Finalists will be announced May 15, 2018.


Here are the rules for 2018:

  • Book must have an original publication date of 2017.
  • This contest is open to published RWA members (WisRWA members receive 1 free entry then $25.00 per additional entry) and non-RWA authors ($30.00 per entry).
  • Submit either one electronic file (pdf only) OR three copies of manuscript in bound print form. Authors of print entries will be notified where to mail books.
  • Each submission will be judged by three readers.
  • Judges are readers of the romance genre not associated with the publishing industry or with RWA.
  • Ten categories will be offered.
  • Three finalists per category will be determined by the highest combined score.
  • Winner will be determined by the highest score for the category.
  • Final score of entry will be returned to author at end of contest.



  • Contemporary – Long: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 80,000 words or more.
  • Contemporary – Midlength: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 56,000 to 80,000 words.
  • Contemporary – Short: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 40,000 to 56,000 words.
  • Erotic Romance: Novels with inherent sexual interactions between characters.
  • Historical Romance: Novels set prior to 1950.
  • Inspirational Romance: Spiritual elements are a major portion of the story.
  • Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: A happy-ever-after ending is not required, although a satisfying resolution to the romance occurs.
  • Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy: “Other world” elements are an integral part of the story.
  • Romantic Suspense: Mystery or thriller tone drives the story.
  • Young Adult Romance: Navigating young adult experiences drives the story.



  • Contest opens December 1, 2017.
  • Deadline for submission material is 11:59 CST, February 15, 2018. Print books must be received by deadline to be included in the contest.
  • The top three finalists in each category will be notified by email.
  • Finalists will be notified by May 15, 2018.
  • Winners will be notified by May 31, 2018 and will receive a plaque for their accomplishment.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Gini Athey at writetouch @ wisrwa.org.


Past Winners of the Write Touch Award