Saturday, August 1, 2020
Up to 20 winning writers will be awarded $300 cash prizes each for previously unpublished, humorous nonfiction essays of 1,000 words or less. The contest runs June 15-Aug. 1, 2020. Winners will be named Oct. 19, 2020.
The University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is seeking humorous nonfiction essays that convey your special bond with your sister. Anyone who has a sister knows it can be one of the closest and most fun relationships of your life. Your sister is often your biggest cheerleader, rock-solid support, secret keeper, family memory bank, honest critic and someone who makes you laugh more than anyone else. This writing contest is for anyone who loves their sister. All original material will be considered, including pieces that expand on the theme, such as close friends who are like sisters. We encourage essays from a diversity of authors of all experience levels — from new writers and bloggers to published book authors — that are funny in a smart, not schmaltzy way. Think of this as a humorous spin on The New York Times’ popular “Modern Love” section and share your most amusing story. The contest is sponsored by the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Marcia Stewart, a writer and editor from the West Coast in honor of her late sister, Nickie, an aspiring humor writer. Winners will grant to the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop the nonexclusive right to publish the story without further compensation as part of a sister-themed collective work.
Teri Rizvi, founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop at [email protected]