I am judging the Shirley You Jest Book Awards

Want to enter a comedy book contest? Read here for details on getting your funny book read.

The Shirley You Jest Book Awards (presented by Liz D Publicity and Promotions) honor books by self-published and traditionally-published indie authors that “deliver the funny.” I am a proud judge and sponsor of this event and am excited to be part of this contest, which will bring much-needed attention to the overlooked worlds of indie publishing and humor writing. Now deliver the funny, authors.



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Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.

  • Jim Moorman

    Big Joe, my fellow buckeye-
    I was just solicited for the Shirley awards and encouraged to submit my novel, Jamaican Flowers. My interest was piqued so I checked out the Shirley site and saw you, my good man, the lone wolf and the only two testicles on the judging panel. You are drowning in a sea of estrogen! Swim, Joe, swim!
    Seven female judges and one male? At the risk of sounding mysogynistic, I’m sure that authors such as myself who write male leads for a male demographic would suffer a slow and painful death, buried under a mountain of Evanovich wannabes. The chic-lit would be my kryptonite.

    That being the case, however, I will still enter. Why? I say why not? While my work has never been noted as being very vaginal, hopefully my male stoner lead character, Sonny Flowers, will win those ladies over. I also feel compelled to submit knowing you are a bobcat. My sister graduated from Scripps so I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least (even if it is only by blood relation) represent. Viva la Athens!

    Jim Moorman

  • Thanks for the note, Jim. For what it’s worth, the rest of the judges look pretty sharp. I think you’ll get a fair shake. Good luck.