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Deadline: April 1, 2022

Now in its 21st year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Submit published or unpublished work. The poem you submit should be in English. Inspired gibberish is also accepted.

About the competition

No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. One poem only, please. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. No restriction on the age of the author. Both unpublished and previously published work is accepted. Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). The poem you submit should be in English. Inspired gibberish is also accepted (example). Read the winning poems from our 20th contest.

First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you. See also our short entry checklist, then click the button below to submit. The results of our 21st contest will be announced on August 15, 2022.

Submit here.


  • First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online
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