Archive for May 5th, 2014

Round Table’s Joke Writing Competition #2 – “Words to Live By”

5 May 2014

ROUND TABLE is hosting anew Joke Writing Contest – Words to Live By. This is a chance for writers to show off your joke writing skills and win a cash prize.

This contest will be a bit different in that visitors to our website will be picking the best lines. Three cash prices will be awarded to the lines that get the most points — $125 for 1st place; $75 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place lines will each receive a $10 Round Table gift certificate.

What we are looking for are lines that are not only funny, but share some kind of wisdom. For example, this Bob Hope line: “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

Gene Perret generated a Hint Sheet on Writing a Great Line that may help you write your entries. This is available to you free. Simply request the Hint Sheet by sending an email to us at

So give it some thought and start working on your lines. For full details and rules visit:

This writing competition is open to everyone, but there is a $5 entry fee (per five jokes). This fee is waived for subscribers of Round Table (an online subscription newsletter for comedy writers and performers).

Call for submissions: Duenda online literary journal

5 May 2014
Please send prose, poetry, hybrid work, translations, visual art & literary collaborations to DUENDE: the new, online literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing Program. DUENDE seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness; as Lorca said, DUENDE “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.” Submissions for our inaugural issue accepted through June 1, 2014. First issue debuts online in October. Writers from underrepresented groups especially welcome.
Letter to Potential Submitters:
Duende…insinuates authenticity and soulfulness, earthiness, expressiveness and a chill up the spine.  It encompasses darkness and intensity.  It emotes.  It elicits sorrow and joy.  It wrests a response from the body.It is a word and concept that experts attempt to translate in paragraphs and pages. In a full lecture on duende given in 1933,  Frederico Garcia Lorca says that it brings the artist face-to-face with death.  The artist must fight to uncover its gifts.  He calls it “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience” and says it “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”

We ask you for your deepest and best work.  We who will read and accept your writing and art are fellow students of Goddard College’s undergraduate program (primarily the BFA in Creative Writing).  We chose Goddard due to its rich history of student-directed curriculum which allows eclectic, individualized focuses of study.  Thanks to our home at Goddard, Duende opens to include all forms of literature and art.  We welcome hybrids, collaborations, and other experiments in form, in addition to artful fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, etc.

Push the envelope.  Push yourself and your work just a little more, make your offering just a bit larger, your understanding a layer deeper.

Then send it to us.  We can’t wait to see it.

Visit for complete details.