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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition


Tuesday, January 4, 2022


Entry Fees



$1,000 cash prizes and free registration to the March 24-26 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop at the University of Dayton for four winning essayists (two humor, two human interest). $100 cash prizes for honorable mentions.


Can you craft a short essay that either sparks laughter or touches the heart in the way that Erma Bombeck wrote? Writers around the world are encouraged to capture the essence of Bombeck’s work by submitting an original essay in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, sponsored by Washington-Centerville Public Library in conjunction with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Entries in two categories (humor or human interest) should be 450 words or less. Essays submitted may not have been previously published, either in print or online. Submissions will be blind judged by a panel of authors, syndicated columnists and experienced writers. Max Pross, an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer known for The Simpsons, Seinfeld and Late Night with David Letterman, and Susan Pohlman, a memoirist who writes with grace and vulnerability, will serve as finalist judges.

Contact Information

Debe Dockins, contest coordinator, at 937-610-4429 or [email protected]


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