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No Entry-Fee Humor Writing Contest

You are invited to enter this year’s humor writing contest!

  • No Entry Fee!
  • Winners can win cash & free access to the ThinkingFunny21 Conference, April 3, 2021.
  • Entrants retain all rights to their work. No obligations to publish with us.
  • No spam. No Gimmicks.
  • Five Categories, two prizes per category
  • Our goal is to promote the creation of new, funny stuff! Humor Writing Contest – Deadline March 29, 2021.

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Categories: Family, the Outdoors, Pets, School, and the Workplace

1st Place in each category, $50 and a free entrance pass to the conference

2nd Place in each category, a free entrance pass to the conference

Overall best of contest – $100 and two free passes to the conference

The winners will be invited to read their work at the Conference After-Party. This event will be recorded and a downloadable copy made exclusively to contest winners.

Purpose of the Contest – To promote the creation of new, socially-conscious comedy material and to shine the light on talented humor & comedy writers.

Rules – There is no charge to enter the contest, and authors retain all rights to their work. No multiple entries from a single author; any subsequent entries after the first will not be considered. Entries must clearly identify the author and provide contact information including a mailing address. Submissions will not be mined for data or emails. No spam or solicitations will result from an entry. Winners’ names will be announced in the newsletter.

Requirements – Submissions must be the original work of the author, and cannot have appeared in print or broadcast, streaming or blogs prior to the April 3, 2021 event. Authors must have the legal rights to submit the entry for this contest.

Submissions – Story submissions should run between 500-800 words, or a reading time of 5-7 minutes. Indicate your chosen category, from the six above, in your email. Attach your submission as a PDF or Word.doc file to your email. Your name, email, mailing address, the work’s title, and the piece’s word-count must be listed at the top of the page. Entries must be received via email no later than March 29st, 11:59 pm Pacific Time to . Early submissions are desired to allow ample time for consideration by our panel of judges. Awards are at the judges’ discretion, and their decisions are final.

Restrictions – No one associated with the operation of this conference, or their immediate family, may enter. This includes the presenters, volunteers, tech-support team, event director, or leadership team.

This offer is void anywhere prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: The After-Party, reading’s video recording will be done via Zoom or Crowdcast and will be placed in a private, invitation-only download folder for 30 days. This file will be available only the the contest winners. Neither the general public nor attendees will get a copy. Authors retain all rights to their stories. Our purpose is to document the moment without compromising the authors’ ability to market their work or for them to use the piece in future publications. extends our thanks to entrants and welcomes them, if they win, to reach out to us for an optional, follow-up podcast interview about their story and other projects or work they’ve created. But this is elective and entirely at each author’s discretion.

Advice to contestants – This conference endorses Socially Responsible Comedy. That is to say comedy which does not “punch down” and attack vulnerable people or support stereotypical cultural representations. We do not condone works that attack or insult people based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, or political leanings. Such work will not be considered. Please keep in mind that the winning stories will be read to a mixed audience at the invitation-only afterparty. Authors are invited to read their own work, and if unavailable, their story will be read by an able reader.


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