Mark Twain Humor Contest

Posted on June 13, 2014



The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Inaugural “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest is for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe. Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, submissions are welcome from writers of all ages in two separate categories.

Royal NonesuchCelebrity Judges for Adults are Roy Blount Jr., Colin McEnroe, and Lucy Ferris. Celebrity Judges for Young Authors are Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever, and Jessica Lawson, author of The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher.

Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. The judges want to hear your voice. And they want you to make them laugh!

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” – Andy Borowitz

Open to:  Adult – age 18 and over; Young Author – age 17 and under at time of submission

Genre:  Humor

Word length: 10,000 words or less

Prizes awarded in both Adult & Young Author categories
1st Prize – $1,000
2nd Prize – $500
3rd Prize – $250
Three Honorable Mention Prizes – $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store

Entry fee:  Adult – $22; Young Author – $12

Deadline:  June 30, 2014

How to submit:  Online submissions only

For more info:  Mark Twain House & Museum’s Inaugural “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest

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