Humor writing contest

With great pleasure, we announce the 11th annual Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction.
Writers of comedic essays, articles, short stories, poetry, scripts, shopping lists and other forms are invited to submit.
Mona founded the Foster City (CA) Writers Contest, taught creative writing for San Mateo County and published humorous articles and essays in newspapers and magazines. Her son Brad founded the Prize in 2000 and judges the submissions. 

Works up to 750 words in length should be typed, double-spaced, accompanied by a money order or check for $5 to cover administrative costs, payable to “Mona Schreiber Prize.” No limit to entries but each must have a separate fee. Put contact information directly above the title and text on your first page.

No SASEs, please. Include e-mail address for notification of winners. All entries must be postmarked by December 1 for a December 24 announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100. Entries are not returned and must be unpublished. Winners will have their entries posted on All other rights belong to the authors. Humor is subjective. Uniqueness is suggested. Weirdness is encouraged.
Rules and previous winning entries at
Please forward this to other writers and organizations. I do this for love and I thank you for your help.
The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, 15442 Vista Haven Place, Sherman Oaks, California 91403 USA

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    1st Place: “A Little Toilet Drama” by Sharon Rina de Villiers, Durban, South Africa

    A woman’s desperate letter to her husband-to-be, locked in a bathroom, after
    accidentally swallowing the engagement ring he was going to pass to her with a kiss.

    2nd Place: “Plane Jane” by Kerreanna DiMauro, Waltham, MA

    The CEO of Stretch Air tries to convince budget travelers that it is worth it to
    stand for a whole flight holding a handrail or using a live pet as a head rest.

    3rd Place: “Why I Love to Write” by Keladria Boyt, Tucson, AZ

    The advantages of writing include preventing one from licking the
    earlobes of attractive strangers while competing with Svetlana, a KGB alter ego.

    Since I founded this contest in 2000, to commemorate the work of my mother
    and encourage funny writers worldwide, I hope you will share that spirit and
    enter again, as well as let others know.

    Happy 2011 and far beyond,

    Brad Schreiber

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