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Deadline: April 1, 2023

About the competition

Now in its 22nd year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $3,500 in prizes.

Competition guidelines

  • 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
  • Submit online. No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. One poem only, please. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. No restriction on age of author. Both unpublished and previously published work accepted. Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, and Belarus (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 21st 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 22nd contest will be announced on August 15, 2023.
  • Submit your entry here.
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