Winner Announced for 2003 Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest

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Callaghan Howard of Dewey, AZ is the winner of the second annual Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Her poem, "An Ode to Buns," was judged the best spoof of 704 entries from around the world. Ms. Howard received a prize of $817.70. Her winning entry is published at

Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its second annual Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest. Callaghan Howard of Dewey, AZ won first prize and $817.70 for her spoof poem, "An Ode to Buns."

704 entries were received from around the world. Jendi Reiter, judge of the contest, said Ms. Howard's entry "displayed imagination, attention to craft, and one indelibly silly image after another."

Ms. Howard's winning entry, plus those of the nine honorable mentions, are published online at

The Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest seeks the best parody poem that has been submitted to a 'vanity contest' as a joke. Vanity contests are those which appear to be selective but whose main purpose is to beguile poets with flattery and get them to buy expensive products like anthologies, chapbooks, CDs, plaques and silver bowls. Vanity contests will often praise remarkably bad poems in their effort to sell as many products to as many people as possible.

Wergle Flomp is a pen name of British-born poet David Taub. Mr. Taub inspired the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest by submitting absurd poems to the ongoing vanity contests at and receiving lavish praise in return. Samples of Taub's work, and the praise, can be found at

The Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest is sponsored by Winning Writers, publishers of Poetry Contest Insider, an innovative online guide to over 400 poetry contests. Submissions for the 2004 contest are accepted now through April 1, 2004. Entries are accepted online, and there is no fee to enter. For more information, please see

About Winning Writers, Inc.

Winning Writers, founded in 2001, is privately owned by Jendi Reiter and her husband, Adam Cohen. Its mission is to find and create high quality resources for poets and writers. It publishes the quarterly online guide Poetry Contest Insider and sponsors two annual poetry contests.

Ms. Reiter is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. Her first solo collection of poetry, A Talent for Sadness, will be published by Turning Point Books in Fall 2003. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Harvard University and is the editor of Media Professional newsletter.

Winning Writers is proud to be designated a Cool Site in the Netscape Open Directory. Category editor John Reid comments, "It's about time somebody went to town on Your site and its Flomp Contest not only alerts poets to this scam in a highly original and inventively effective way, but turns this warning into a satisfying and profitable exercise as well. In addition you sponsor a major poetry contest on a site that is not only admirably laid out, but contains a wealth of useful information, links and advice." For more information, visit

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