Winners Announced for 2009 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Massachusetts poet "Randy Cousteau" is the winner of the eighth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, one of today's largest prizes for humor poetry. Over $3,300 was awarded in all, including $1,359 for the first-place entrant. The (R-rated) winning entry, "The Felching of the Oct'pus", is published along with 26 other winners and finalists at http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/wergle/2009/we09_pastwinners.php

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The Felching of the Oct'pus

Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its eighth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. "Randy Cousteau" of Massachusetts won first prize and $1,359 for his spoof poem, "The Felching of the Oct'pus". 776 entries were received from around the world.

Jendi Reiter, judge of the Wergle Flomp contest, said of the winning entry: "Strangely charming and disgusting at the same time, this well-crafted formal poem tells the story of two undersea creatures who overcome species-incompatibility to find romantic satisfaction."

Louis K. Lowy of Miami Lakes, FL received second prize and $764 for "Poetry Workshop (Mary had a little lamb)". Reiter said, "Lowy's poem is clever light verse that makes a serious point. Too often, I hear from writers whose original voice has been 'workshopped' into oblivion." Lenny Lianne of Ramona, CA received third prize and $338 for "Hurl", a parody of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" that applies the Beat poet's distinctive language of excess to American junk food rather than the countercultural lifestyle.

Twelve honorable mention awards of $72.95 each were also made, and all prizewinners were published online at WinningWriters.com, along with twelve finalists. $3,336.40 was awarded in total, making the Wergle Flomp one of today's largest competitions for humor poems.

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is sponsored by Winning Writers. Submissions for the 2010 contest are accepted now through April 1, 2010. The prize pool has been increased to $3,600, including a top prize of $1,500. Entry remains free. Submit online through our new streamlined process at WinningWriters.com.

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Winning Writers is today's leading source for poetry contest information. We are proud to have been selected as one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" by Writer's Digest for five years running (2005-09). Our online database, Poetry Contest Insider, ranks and profiles over 750 poetry contests and over 300 prose-only contests. Our free email newsletter offers news about free poetry contests and quality literary resources.

Winning Writers was founded in 2001 by the husband-and-wife team of Adam Cohen and Jendi Reiter. Learn more at http://www.winningwriters.com/.

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"Randy Cousteau" of Massachusetts is the winner of the 2009 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry ContestLouis K. Lowy of Miami Lakes, FL won second prize in the 2009 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry ContestLenny Lianne of Ramona, CA won third prize in the 2009 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry ContestJendi Reiter is the judge of the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Jendi Reiter is vice president of Winning Writers, editor of Poetry Contest Insider, and judge of the Winning Writers poetry contests. Ms. Reiter has been entering and winning literary contests for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, First Things, Hanging Loose, Cider Press Review, Southern Poetry Review, Grasslands Review, Best American Poetry, and many other publications. She has won two awards from the Poetry Society of America, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper's National Writing Contest, first prize in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Award for a Short Story (Charlotte Writers' Club), second prize in the Literal Latte Fiction Awards, Lyric Magazine's College Poet of the Year Prize, the Mildred Werba Poetry Prize, the Olay Fine Lines Poetry Contest, and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for poetry criticism. Turning Point Books published her first book of poetry, A Talent for Sadness, in the fall of 2003, and her chapbook Swallow is forthcoming from Amsterdam Press. A member of the Advisory Board of The Saint Ann's Review, Ms. Reiter graduated from Harvard University and has a degree from Columbia Law School. See her work at JendiReiter.com.Winning Writers - Best Resources for Poets and WritersWinning Writers was established by the husband-and-wife team of Adam Cohen and Jendi Reiter in 2001. It finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. Our expert online poetry contest guide, Poetry Contest Insider, profiles over 750 poetry contests and over 300 top prose contests. We directly sponsor the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and the War Poetry Contest. We also assist the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest.Winning Writers has been selected as one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" for five years in a row by Writer's Digest (2005-2009)