I expect bribes, people

Remember that humor-writing contest I’m judging? The finalists are in. And all four books were written by me, mooo-hoo-hahahahaha.

Remember that humor-writing contest I’m judging? The finalists are in. And all four books were written by me, mooo-hoo-hahahahaha.

Just kidding. I haven’t written any books. But I have read a bunch of books. And I like to judge stuff. So I guess that makes me qualified.

If you’re an author and you would like to know more about this contest so you can read this year’s funny books or enter next year, here’s the skinny from the organizer (who is my sister-in-law and the book publicist who put together this wonderful contest):

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards, the only comedy and humor indie book contest offering publicity-based prizes, announces its fiction and non-fiction finalists.

Presented by Liz D Publicity & Promotions, SYJ! invited independent authors who “bring the funny” to submit their 2011-2012 eBooks and print titles.  First round judges read and evaluated entries belonging mainly to the mystery, chick lit, creative non-fiction, and memoir genres.

The following titles are competing for Shirley LOL (first place) and Shirley HAH (second place) Awards in their respective categories:

Fiction:  What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller, Apocowlypto by Whitney Moore, The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher, Pickin’ Tomatoes by J.W. Bull

Non-fiction:  Mishegas of Motherhood. Raising Children To Leave The Nest…As Long As They Come Home For Dinner. by Ellie Grossman, Confessions of an Edgy Suburban Mom by Pam Grimes, Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra by Sam Neumann, Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O’Bryant

Winners are announced on November 1, 2012, National Author’s Day.  SYJ! prize sponsors will award these witty wordsmiths with author interviews, book reviews and social media mentions.  Participating U.S., Canadian, and UK sponsors include: Underground Book Reviews, Book Guys, Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community, Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog, Author Groupie, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book, All Fooked Up, The Paperback Pursuer, Indie Author News, Mercurial Musings, The Humor Columnist, WriteHook, The Bunny’s Review, Humor Times, The Lenny and John Show, Conversations LIVE Radio and Conversations Magazine.

SYJ!  Book Awards congratulates the finalists and applauds all entrants for tickling Shirley’s funny bone.

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards, presented by Liz D Publicity & Promotions, honors books by self-published and traditionally published indie authors that “bring the funny” in the categories of fiction and non-fiction.  Winners receive publicity-based prizes from SYJ! sponsors, such as interviews, reviews and social media mentions.  www.shirley-you-jest.net.


Author: Joe Donatelli

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