Starting with an unintentionally comical headline from a financial advertorial, the poem takes the scenario to a higher level of absurdity, with a dead-on parody of the thriller genre starring a sinister nine-year-old and his cowed papa.
Northampton, MA (PRWEB) August 15, 2014
Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its 13th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Simon Hendrie of Cape Town, South Africa won first prize and $1,000 for his comedic poem, "What Will You Say When Your Child Asks: 'Why Didn't You Invest in Eastern Poland?'" A record 4,484 contestants competed from around the world.
Jendi Reiter, final judge of the Wergle Flomp contest, said of the winning entry: "Starting with an unintentionally comical headline from a financial advertorial, the poem takes the scenario to a higher level of absurdity, with a dead-on parody of the thriller genre starring a sinister nine-year-old and his cowed papa. This poem was pitch-perfect, no longer than it needed to be, and on a topic we don't often see in this contest."
A special second prize of $250 was added to recognize "What I Sometimes Think Other Poets' Book Blurbs Must Say About Me" by Nancy Pagh of Bellingham, WA. Reiter said, "With winsome humility, Pagh collects flowery squibs from other writers' back covers and turns them into negative statements about how her poetry falls short. Stripped of attribution, the blurbs in their original positive format sound generic and even nonsensical."
Eleven honorable mention awards of $100 went to David Amerman, Luke Archer, Janine Certo, Ayanda Dorsey, Daniel Ferrara, Ben Jones, Alan Koban, Fred Longworth, Jennifer Moore, Aubrey Sonnenschein, and Reuben Steenson. The prizewinners are published online. The judging was assisted by poet Lauren Singer. $2,350 was awarded in total, making this one of the largest competitions in the world for humor poems.
The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is sponsored by Winning Writers. Submissions for the 2015 contest are accepted now through April 1, 2015. Entries are accepted online. There is no fee to enter and no length limit. For more information, please see http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle
Winning Writers was founded in 2001 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 and the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Learn more at WinningWriters.com and join our 30,000 followers on Twitter at @winningwriters.