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International humour competition

Mark Twain houseIn 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 enter HERE

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



19 comments on “International humour competition

  1. The Story Reading Ape
    May 19, 2016

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Thanks for finding and posting this Bridget 👍😃

  2. Eric Klingenberg
    May 19, 2016

    Thanks for posting this I might check it out.

    • bridget whelan
      May 22, 2016

      It’s a great gift to be able to make readers experience real emotion, but if you can make them laugh that’s sheer magic…if you’ve got some of that sprinkled on your keyboard Eric go for it!

  3. cariwiese
    May 19, 2016

    Reblogged this on Cari Wiese.

  4. Jennifer E. Pergola
    May 19, 2016

    Thank you very much for posting this!

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Bridget Whelan with news of a fabulous competition.. I know there are some great comedic writers amongst you so this would be perfect for you.. previously published work is you may have already written a suitable piece on your blog.

    • bridget whelan
      May 22, 2016

      Thanks for reblogging and everyone else, if you don’t know Smorgasbord, do check it put. It’s an interesting collection of online goodies that are posted several times a day…

  6. lbeth1950
    May 20, 2016

    Mark Twain is my favorite.

    • bridget whelan
      May 22, 2016

      Mine too…have you read his memoir? It’s on my to-read list

  7. eloisedesousa
    May 22, 2016

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo.

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