This is great news. The Washington Post has launched a humor contest.
Humor contest details via the Post:
The WP Magazine is inviting readers to submit original, unpublished material to its first Humor Contest. Readers may enter material to any or all of three categories:
● A true memoir
● A funny, unstaged photo
● A 140-chracter Twitter joke.
Only one memoir or photo per person. If you submit multiple entries, we will consider only the first received. Include your name, age, city of residence, e-mail address and phone number, and occupation on all entries.
You may submit only material that you have written or photographed yourself, and you must have all necessary rights to the material to submit it. For photos, include caption information and the date the photo was taken. Please do not submit images that have been heavily manipulated. It is acceptable to adjust images to achieve color balance that reflects the scene as you observed it. Cropping is also acceptable.
The Post has the right to disqualify any image it believes has been overly altered or staged.
Only amateurs are eligible. Professional humor writers or photographers (i.e., anyone who earns more than 50 percent of his or her annual income fromwriting humor or photography, determined at Sponsor’s sole discretion) are not eligible.
By entering, you grant The Washington Post permission to use your material in perpetuity in any medium, including to edit, publish, distribute and republish it in any form. You retain the copyright.
All entries are subject to The Post’s Discussion and Submission Guidelines.
Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Entriesmust be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Entries that are late, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules will be disqualified. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, destroyed ormisdirected entries.
A word of praise for the Washington Post. By employing Gene Weingarten, and running humor contests like this one, it continues to support humor writing at a time when most newspapers and magazines have given up on it.
For more details about this humor contest go here.