Humor poetry is a delicate blend of timing, cultural relevance, and linguistic agility, with bass notes of absurdity and finished off with an aroma of antisocial tendencies.
Northampton, MA (PRWEB) March 10, 2014
It's last call to enter the 13th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. This year's deadline is April 1. There's no fee to enter. Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter is the final judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. The winners will share $2,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000, and their entries will be published on WinningWriters.com.
This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Poems may be of any length. Enter the contest online at http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle.
Jendi Reiter is the author of the poetry collection 'A Talent for Sadness' (Turning Point Books, 2003) and the award-winning poetry chapbooks 'Swallow' (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and 'Barbie at 50' (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). She recently received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists' Grant for Poetry, the OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, and the Anderbo Poetry Prize.
"Light verse needn't mean lightweight," says Ms. Reiter. "If a contestant takes just 15 seconds to write their poem, I probably won't spend more time on it, either. Humor poetry is a delicate blend of timing, cultural relevance, and linguistic agility, with bass notes of absurdity and finished off with an aroma of antisocial tendencies. Getting this balance right may require even more effort than a serious poem."
Last year's contest received over 3,200 entries. Read the winning poems.
Winning Writers was founded in 2001 by Adam Cohen and Jendi Reiter to provide expert literary contest information and resources to the public. In addition to the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, we sponsor the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, the Sports Fiction & Essay Contest, and the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.
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