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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

24 January 2017

Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit one humor poem until April 1, 2017. 

No fee to enter.

We will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each.

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Length limit: 250 lines.

No restrictions on age or country.

The results of our 16th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition

2 December 2016

“To Hull & Back”

A Humorous Writing Contest

Quick links:

prizeskey datesruleshow to enterterms & conditionsextra details

2016 results coming soon – 2017 competition now open

Welcome!

We have launched the fourth ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.

Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

 

Prizes

If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

3 x Highly Commended: £50

14 x Shortlisted: £25

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Now that’s a prize.

But it doesn’t end there.

The winner will also receive a printed copy of the anthology. Before being sent to them, their book will be strapped to the handlebars of a two-wheeled chariot of delight (otherwise known as a Harley Davidson FLSTFi Fatboy 1584cc V-Twin motorcycle) and filmed being ridden to Hull and back.

Entry fee:

  • There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee from 1st August to 30th April. It is a £7 (seven pounds GBP) entry fee for 1 (one) entry, a £12 (twelve pounds GBP) entry fee for 2 (two) entries and a £15 (fifteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 3 (three) entries.
  • The ‘early bird’ entry fee closes at 11.59pm GMT on 30th April. From 1st May the entry fee will be £9 (nine pounds GBP) entry fee for 1 (one) entry, £15 (fifteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 2 (two) entries and a £18 (eighteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 3 (three) entries.
  • Please pay BEFORE sending your entry.

Key Dates

Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2016 to the 31st of July 2017!

There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee in place until 30th April 2017: £7 for 1 story, £12 for 2 stories, £15 for 3 stories.

From 1st May 2017 to 31st July 2017, the entry fee increases to: £9 for 1 story, £15 for 2 stories, £18 for 3 stories. I’ve put the ‘early bird’ fee in place because in 2016 I received approximately 60% of the entries in the final month. As the number of entries goes up every year, I hope the ‘early bird’ fee will encourage people to enter earlier so reading all the stories and preparing the shortlist is more manageable.

The competition closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2017. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2017.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2017 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2017.

Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2017.

The fourth ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2017. ‘Hulloween’ seems like an appropriate launch date…

The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2018 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube, Facebook and this website.

The Rules:

They’re quite simple, but please read them carefully. Visit the website for official rules and details on how to enter:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/

*Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016*

19 July 2016

*Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016*

Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot
Contest. Humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing.

Prize: £150 to the winning entry, via PayPal & publication in the Verbolatry newsletter
Eligibility: Anyone over the age of 18, except contest judges and family
Topic: Writing/publishing
Language: English
Genres: Humorous fiction, humorous nonfiction
Types: Cartoon, Essay
Specifications:
Cartoon – JPG, PNG or GIF file, resolution 75dpi min., dimensions 900x1400px max., as attachment
Essay – 100 words min., 500 words max., in message body
Original, previously unpublished work only
One entry per author, regardless of type
Mention the category and title of your entry in the subject line
Include an accurate word count
Tell us where you heard about this contest (Our charismatic promoters)
Send entry to: v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com
“Early Bird” submission period*: 1 April 2016 to 31 July 2016
Last date: 31 August 2016
Results announced: October 2016 newsletters
Send us your funnies about writing, and win £150!

Deadline 31 August 2016.

Two categories, free and paid,

Entry fee:  £5 per entry via PayPal , with cash
prizes and publication.

Results announced October 2016. Sponsored by
Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.

Details at:
http://devyaniborade.blogspot.com

TWITTER: @v3rbolatry
http://bit.ly/1pSghsz
#Verbolatry #LaughContest

Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition

8 June 2016

A Humorous Writing Contest – Deadline: July 31, 2016

Quick links on this page:

prizeskey datesruleshow to enterterms & conditionsextra details

2015 results2016 competition now open

The 2016 To Hull & Back Competition

Welcome!

The third ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition is an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – Writers of the Future award a top prize of $5,000, the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet! Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the first paragraph, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

Prizes:

If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £150

3rd Prize: £75

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Hull is a city in the UK that sounds (and looks) like somewhere else reported to be rather unpleasant, fiery and obsessed with eternal damnation. I dwell in the fair city of Bristol. I will ride the book to Hull. And back.

OK. So now you have to enter, right? Before doing so, PLEASE read the rules and terms and conditions. If you don’t abide by the rules, you may be disqualified.

I’ve been involved with administrating other competitions. The number of stories that are disqualified because writers can’t be bothered to read the rules is staggering. One year, 40% of entries were disqualified for sending in stories that did not obey the rules. PLEASE READ THE RULES AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE ENTERING.

Key Dates

The competition closes to entries 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2016*. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 19th September 2016.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2016 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2016.

Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2016.

The ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2016. ‘Hulloween’ seemed like an appropriate launch date…

The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2017 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube and this website.

* Previous competitions have closed on the 31st August. Due to the large volume of entries received in the most recent competition, the contest will now close in July to allow more time to read entries and compile the shortlist.

Visit the website for complete guidelines on how to enter:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/

These are the current annual contests sponsored by Winning Writers.

20 May 2016

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

  • All styles and themes
  • Submission period: April 15-September 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $4,000
  • Accepts published and unpublished work
  • Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

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North Street Book Prize

  • For self-published books
  • Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Submission period: February 15-June 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $6,000
  • Top winners receive expert marketing services

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

  • Seeks humor poems
  • Submission period: August 15, 2016 – April 1, 2017
  • Total prizes: $2,250
  • No fee!
  • Accepts published and unpublished work

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Are you looking for our online database of The Best Free Literary Contests? Click here

 

ROYAL NONESUCH HUMOR WRITING CONTEST

24 April 2016

“Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.” 

                                                                                          — Mark Twain

Welcome to the THIRD annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe!

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.

Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. 

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” – Andy Borowitz

Entry fee: $23.00 USD, $13.00 USD

Deadline: July 10, 2016

  •  Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.)

•  Previously published work is acceptable; please do not submit work that has won other humor prizes.

•  Submissions must be in English.

•  Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

•  Submissions will be judged by our Mark Twain House staff and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges (to be announced).

•  Submissions are due by July 10, 2016.

•  Winners may be asked to provide age verification regarding submission category.

•  You may submit more than one entry; a separate fee is required for each entry.

•  Winners will be notified by September 12, 2016.

•  Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author.

PRIZES (winners in both categories):

•      1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)

•      2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)

•      3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)

•      Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

•  Staff and immediate family members of the Mark Twain House are not eligible.

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children until 1891. This is where he wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. We appreciate your participation in this inaugural writing contest as it supports our preservation efforts.

Visit the website to enter:  https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest

18 January 2016

Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize,the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Visit the website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest

Essaymama’s Christmas Writing Contest

19 November 2014
Christmas is fast approaching and Essaymama is here to treat the most talented writers with great prizes!With what do you associate Christmas? For EssayMama there are Christmas decorations, flashlights, frosty smell of pine needles and of course “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Christmas gives us inspiration; you just need to add a little motivation and effort!
So, (attention!), EssayMama essay writing helper announces Christmas Writing Contest! Yes, exactly. This is a great opportunity for all talented writers to express themselves.

Why compete in Essaymama Christmas Writing Contest?

  • Get published. Fame and popularity! 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers.
  • Get cash. $ 330 will be given to each of the top 3 writers.
  • Get discovered. Share your Christmas spirit with the world!

Terms and Conditions:

Deadline – December 25, 2014Submit your stories from November 5 till December 25, 2014.

One participant can send only one story!

Stories will be checked by our team during the period from December 26, 2014 till January 04, 2015. The final results will be announced January 05, 2015.
The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert.

Entry Fee $ 0. Just “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share on your own Facebook page the post about Essaymama Writing contest. Link to your shared post on Facebook is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

Submit to:  info[at]essaymama.com

First prize. Each of the top 3 writers will be awarded with $330.

Additional Prizes. 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers. Every winner will get his/her own copy via mail. Christmas dreams come true – you will become popular!

Submission Guidelines

  • Type Prose (no min, 4,000 words MAX).
  • Topic Christmas. The story can be written in any style – instructive, funny, sad, for children. The main thing – it must be about Christmas.
  • Language English only
  • Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx
  • 100% unique All submissions will be checked via Copyscape.
  • Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.
  • Mail title should be [EssayMama Christmas Writing Contest], your name.

– See more at: http://www.essaymama.com/blog/essaymamas-christmas-writing-contest/#sthash.xCaOw8Kn.dpuf

New Call for Cross-Genre Travel Writing!

13 October 2014

Here is a little blurb about our journal:

This is not so much a journal as a collaborative literary geography of the places we’ve read about, and subsequently visited.
We live thousands of lives through the pages of our beloved books, and sometimes we are blessed with the luck of being able to physically visit the spaces occupied by our fictional friends (or foes). This is a place to discover those spaces; and perhaps find a new one or two near you.
If you know of a destination or landmark that can be found in a book, or you have a sneaking suspicion of one, please, submit to us your encounter. Give us your thoughts, feelings, even pictures. The strange, funny, sad, and silly are all welcome here.

And here is a description of what we are looking for specifically:

Any piece published on this site must contain two things:
1. It must contain a physical place.
2. It must contain a specific geographical point from an actual book, author, genre, or period of writing.
I am looking for engaging, touching, funny, soulful, sad, silly, enchanting, and interesting pieces about the interactions between the fictional books we love (and the people that wrote them) and the places they wrote about, the places they wrote in, or the places they wished existed which now exist.
The only exception to this is literary landmarks that stand on their own such as libraries.
Preferably posts would come with pictures, but it is not necessary.

Visit our website for details: http://bibliophilicwanderlust.com/about/

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 RTComedy@cwo.com.

So give it some thought and start working on your lines. For full details and rules visit: http://www.comedywritersroom.com/Index_files/Page757.htm

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).