Contests : Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest : Guidelines
Now in its 13th year. We seek today's best humor poems. Total cash prizes of $2,000 will be awarded, with a top prize of $1,000. This contest is free to enter. Click here to read winning entries from the past.
Entries accepted August 15, 2013-April 1, 2014
This contest is not yet open, and the rules below may change. Please wait until August 15 or later to submit.
How to Submit Your Entry
We accept entries online. Click here to submit your entry now. There is no fee to submit to the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poets of all nations may enter. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted). Please enter only one poem during the submission period. Your poem may be of any length. Both published and unpublished work are welcome.
Want to increase your chances of winning a prize? Read the judge's comments on the previous contest.
First Prize of $1,000 and publication on WinningWriters.com (over one million page views per year)
Ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each and publication on WinningWriters.com
Announcement of Results
The winners of the twelfth contest will be announced in our free email newsletter and on WinningWriters.com on August 15, 2013. The winners of the 13th contest will be announced on August 15, 2014.
Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers.
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You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as finalist or better, Winning Writers only requests permission to publish your work on WinningWriters.com, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other use will be negotiated with you.
Final Judge of the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest - Jendi Reiter
Ms. Reiter is vice president of Winning Writers and the editor of The Best Free Literary Contests. She 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). In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists' Grant for Poetry. Other awards include the 2011 OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, first prize in the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, second prize in the 2010 Iowa Review Awards for Fiction, first prize in the 2009 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Prize from Quarter After Eight, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper's 2006 National Writing Contest, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Passages North, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Cutthroat, The Broome Review, FULCRUM, Juked, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Phoebe, Best American Poetry 1990 and many other publications. Visit her blog at www.jendireiter.com.
About Winning Writers
Winning Writers finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. We directly sponsor the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and the Sports Fiction & Essay Contest. We also assist the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest and the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Winning Writers is proud to be one of "101 Best Writing Websites" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2013) and a recipient of the Truly Useful Site Award (Preditors & Editors, March 2006).
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