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Monthly Humor Contest holds monthly humor writing contests with cash prizes. Read more.

Mocking Vanity

The annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest will begin taking submissions Aug. 15. Top prize is an even $1,500, up from from last year’s odd $1,359.

College Humor

Editor Jean Hanff Korelitz is looking for (and, I’m told by e-mail, paying for) satirical college application essays for an upcoming anthology. Details at

Christian Family Humor

A new Christian magazine, Thriving Family, is looking for 900-word first-person, true-life narrative humor articles. They request only full articles on spec for consideration. Payment is $250 on acceptance for first nonexclusive rights. Submit in body of e-mail to

Teaching Humor: An interview with Dr. Mark Shatz

Comedy teacher, Mark Shatz, provides great advice, such as “never accept third-party checks.”
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Office Humor: An interview with Kevin Reifler

Stooples: Office Tools for Hopeless Fools is a hilarious office catalog parody. Creator Kevin Reifler tells how the book came to be and gives advice to aspiring humor writers.
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Pursuing the Creative Life: An interview with Joel Eisenberg

Filmmaker, entrepreneur, and author Joel Eisenberg has survived as a wage slave to become a professional writer. He shares his experiences, along with a long list of contributors, in the first volume of Aunt Bessie’s How to Survive a Day Job While Pursuing the Creative Life. Read more

Perfect Pitch: An interview with Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands, a literary agent in New York City, recently wrote Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye. She will be a faculty member at the 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.
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Reflections of Erma