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The Writers’ Workshop: POETRY & HUMOR CONTESTS

4 April 2020
Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2020.
Open to any writer regardless of residence.
1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 8 poems line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 5 poems line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.
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Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by May 31, 2020
1ST Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited
3rd Place: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
10 Honorable Mentions
Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less.
Use of clever, dry humor is encouraged.
Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to, with “Humor Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at, or by mailing a check. No SASE is required – comments will be emailed.
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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.

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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.

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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).