The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest: worldwide competition for humorous verse with no entry fee, now in its 23rd year, opens to entries (deadline for entries: 1st April 2024)

Winning Writers finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. It was founded by Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen in 2001 and is located in Western Massachusetts, USA.

Winning Writers sponsors 4 annual contests:

1. The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (this is a worldwide competition (with a few notable exceptions – see the criteria below – and no entry fee).
2. The North Street Book Prize for self-published and hybrid-published books.
3. The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contestand
4. The Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.

You can read the winning entries from these contests, and the past War Poetry Contest and Sports Fiction & Essay Contest, here.

Winning Writers seeks to be a welcoming place for diverse authors and stories, with a culture of listening to people of all genders, backgrounds, and abilities. It looks for high-quality original writing that portrays under-represented perspectives with sensitivity, accuracy, and passion. It is always open to hearing from its readers about how it can better embody this mission.

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Submissions are now open for the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest to seek today’s best humour poems.

Entries should be in English. The deadline for entries is Monday 1st April 2024.

Prize Details

o First Prize: $2,000 (£1,570) plus a two-year gift certificate from the co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
o Second Prize: $500 (£382).
o Third Prize: $250 (£191).
o Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 (£78) each.
o Top 12 entries published online.


o No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.
o One poem only, please.
o Length limit: 250 lines maximum.
o No restriction on age of author.
o Both unpublished and previously published work accepted.
o Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, and Belarus (due to US government restrictions).
o The poem you submit should be in English.
o Inspired gibberish is also accepted.

For further information, please visit the Winning Writers website.