In honour of the man beloved by quotation compilers, Mark Twain House and Musuem are running the third annual writing competition. You don’t have to write in the style of Mark Twain in fact I get the impression from the rules that would be frowned upon. But you do have to be funny. Laugh out Loud funny
You can submit up to 7,000 words (which is a generous word count) plus “Previously published work is acceptable” (which is highly unusual). But they do add that it can’t have already won an award for humorous writing.
Deadline July 10, 2016 Winners will be notfied by September 12, 2016.
Children and young people are encouraged to enter. There are two age categories: 17 and under and 18 and over
$23 for adult entries and £13 for 17 and below.
Converting the adult fee, that’s just under £16 in sterling, about $30 Canadain dollars, nearly $32 Australian dollars and 20.49 euros
Deadline Sunday, July 10, 2016.
1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)
2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)
3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)
Three Honourable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).
To inspire you, here’s a few quotes from the great man.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
You can find all the rules and information on how to enterHERE
Picture credits Mark Twain's house - courtsey of the The Mark Twain House and Museum Painting of Mark Twain about 1912/13 by John White Alexander_-Google Art Project