Tenth Annual Humor Poetry Contest Announces Winners

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John M. Harris Jr. of Tucson, AZ is the winner of the tenth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, currently one of the largest prizes in the world for humor poetry. This year's contest received over 2,300 entries. Harris's winning poem, "The Flight Line Commedia", is published at http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/wergle/2011/we11_pastwinners.php.

John M. Harris Jr.

John M. Harris Jr. of Tucson, AZ is the winner of the 2011 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

This homage to Dante's Inferno takes us on a witty and instructive journey through the modern-day hell of air travel, where rude patrons and penny-pinching executives alike receive their perfect come-uppance.

Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its tenth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. John M. Harris Jr. of Tucson, AZ won first prize and $1,500 for his spoof poem, "The Flight Line Commedia". Over 2,300 entries were received from around the world.

Jendi Reiter, judge of the Wergle Flomp contest, said of the winning entry: "This homage to Dante's 'Inferno' takes us on a witty and instructive journey through the modern-day hell of air travel, where rude patrons and penny-pinching executives alike receive their perfect come-uppance. Harris sustains the difficult rhyme-scheme of terza rima in natural, contemporary language over the entire course of this epic."

Charles Doyle of Hamilton, Bermuda received second prize and $800 for "T'was the Week After Doomsday," a zombie-infested parody of the famous Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore. Reiter said: "This much-parodied poem was a candidate for my 'retired' list. Why did Doyle's version stand out? Paradoxically, because he stayed so close to the original, in terms of phrasing and formal regularity, but changed the resonance of every image from charming to grotesque."

Alicia Ruskin of Valley Village, CA received third prize and $400 for "Speaking of Speaking." This subtly witty poem shows the influence of the postmodern movement known as "flarf," which uses peculiar juxtapositions of found text from Internet searches to comment on our culture's vapidity and information overload. Reiter said: "After a couple of these not-quite-right sentences, suddenly we begin paying attention and realize just how strange our collective consciousness has become, how elusive the logical connections between our beliefs."

Twelve honorable mention awards of $75 each were also made, and all winning poems are published online, along with 15 finalists. $3,600 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 2012 contest are accepted now through April 1, 2012. Entries are accepted online, and there is no fee to enter. For more information, please see http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle.

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Winning Writers was founded in 2001 by Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen. Learn more at http://www.winningwriters.com/.

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