Twain Results Delayed

photograph of Mark Twain aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens

I just receive this notice from the Twain competition. So… we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see who won!


Dear Robb Lightfoot,

“I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.”
– Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

This note is from me, Jennifer LaRue, director of writing programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum, writing to apologize profusely for the delay in announcing the winners of the 2016 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Award and to beg a bit more of your patience.

We have experienced major staff changes at the museum during the past few months, and many of them have affected my workflow and, in turn, the process of reading and judging this wonderful competition. I am committed to giving every single entry its due consideration, of course, and I am sorry that it is taking so long. I appreciate every single one of you for taking time to enter your work in the contest, and I promise it won’t take much longer for me to complete this process and get the word out to you. In the meantime, if you wish to hurl rotten fruit in my general direction, I will take my lumps.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I look forward to corresponding with you again very, very soon.

All best,

Jennifer LaRue
Director of Writing Programs




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