The University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is seeking humorous nonfiction essays that convey your special bond with your sister.
Anyone who has a sister knows it can be one of the closest and most fun relationships of your life. Your sister is often your biggest cheerleader, rock-solid support, secret keeper, family memory bank, honest critic and someone who makes you laugh more than anyone else. This writing contest is for anyone who loves their sister.
The contest is sponsored by the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Marcia Stewart, a writer and editor from the West Coast in honor of her late sister, Nickie, an aspiring humor writer.
• Submissions: June 15-Aug. 1, 2020. To submit, click here.
• Length: 1,000 words or less.
• Style: All original material will be considered, including pieces that expand on the theme, such as close friends who are like sisters. In the spirit of Erma Bombeck, the tone can be humorous, absurd, even offbeat.
• Eligibility: Open to writers 18 years and older. Judges are not eligible to submit entries.
• Only one entry per person. All entries must be in English.
• Up to 20 winners will be announced Oct. 19, 2020.
• Each winner will receive a $300 award.
• All submissions must be previously unpublished.
• Judging: Blind, by a panel of established writers and humorists.
• We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere by sending an email to email@example.com.
• You retain copyright ownership of your submission. If you are selected as one of the winners, you agree in advance to grant to the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the nonexclusive right to reprint your submission in a collection or anthology of sister-related materials without any further compensation. You will be asked to sign documents granting this nonexclusive and stating that you still own the copyright.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before entering.