UCLA Humor Writing Contest

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David Sedaris is back!

… and so is SCA’s annual writing contest! Student Committee for the Arts is proud to present the 9th Annual Humor Writing Contest in conjunction with CAP UCLA’s presentation of David Sedaris: A Work in Progress.

Submit an original, humorous story of 2000 words or less by January 17th to receive a signed copy of David Sedaris’ latest book, a free ticket to see David Sedaris live at Royce Hall, and your story published on the SCA website.

To submit your story and find more information visit http://www.sca.ucla.edu/9thannual/

Twain #Humor Writing Contest – Royal Nonesuch 2016


Deadline is July 10, 2016

I thought this would be worth sharing. Note that they have a youth division, too, with reduced costs to enter. Way cool!

Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

Accepting Submissions!

Royal Nonesuch - Enter today!

Submit 7,000 words or less of any original work of humor–fiction or non-fiction. Submissions will be judged by our award-winning Twain House staff, Twain experts, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity guest judges. A youth category for Young Authors (under 18) is also available. Prizes are awarded in both categories – Adult & Young Author.

  • First prize: $1,000
  • Second prize: $500
  • Third prize: $250
  • Honorable Mention: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Store


Submissions are open February 1 through July 10, 2016. The winners will be announced in September.  For further contest rules and submissions, please visit our page here.

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” –Andy Borowitz

2015 winners:


Winner: “Boobs” by Marina Mularz

First Runner-up: “The Efficiency Expert” by Graham Towers

Second Runner-up: “Oh, Here!” by April Kelly

Honorable Mentions (in last name alphabetical order):

The Death Button” by Scott Carpenter

Family Jeopardy” by Elisabeth Dahl

And Starring God as Morgan Freeman” by Ben Greenfield



Winner: “The Hegemony of Bistlethwait” by Nate Jacobs

First Runner-Up: “Huck and Jim Encounter the Slim” by Elizabeth Kaliff

Second Runner-Up: “RAP-UNZEL” by Brooke Echternacht

Honorable Mentions (in last name alphabetical order):

“The Young Person’s Account of The Mugging or: I Too Want to Figure Out My Sexuality” by Andres Cordoba

“Apocalyptic Overcooked Potatoes” by Peter Schmit

“Mass Exodus of Conservatives Following Recent Supreme Court Decisions” by Jesse Zhou