Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.
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Please submit once during August 15, 2019-April 1, 2020.
- First Prize: $1,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
- Second Prize: $250
- Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
- Top 12 entries published online
- Enter via Submittable
No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). When the contest is open, click the Submittable button below for full details. Read the winning poems from our 17th contest. The results of our 18th contest will be announced on August 15, 2019. The results of our 19th contest will be announced on August 15, 2020.
What to Submit
Submit one humor poem. This poem should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit a poem that has been published or won prizes elsewhere. (However, please do not submit a poem that has previously received recognition at Winning Writers.)
Prizes and Publication
First Prize, $1,000 cash plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
Second Prize, $250 cash
Ten Honorable Mentions, $100 cash each
All entries that win cash prizes will be published on the Winning Writers website and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter (circulation 50,000+).
Your poem should not exceed 250 lines in length.
Most Countries Eligible; English Language
Due to US government restrictions, we regret we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea. All other countries are eligible. The poem you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation. Inspired gibberish is also accepted.
Entries are judged anonymously. Please omit your name and all identifying information from your entry. Please also omit any publishing credits from your entry. All the information we need is collected on our online entry form.
No Age Restriction
Poets of all ages may enter.
Your privacy is assured. We will not rent your information to third parties.
You retain the copyright to your submission. If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give Winning Writers a nonexclusive license to publish your work online and in electronic media such as our newsletters. This includes possible publication in one or more ebooks.
Who Is Wergle Flomp?
Wergle Flomp is a creation of poet David Taub. Mr. Taub submitted "Flubblebop" to poetry.com's former (and not very selective) contest to see what would happen.
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