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The Thurber Prize for American Humor


Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Entry Fees



Grand prize: $10,000


Awarded annually by Thurber House, The Thurber Prize for American Humor is one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States. A first-round committee of national judges selects six semi-finalists, and a second-round committee selects three top finalists to appear at the award ceremony. The Thurber Prize for American Humor is presented each year during a spectacular evening of humor in James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The event culminates with the live announcement of the winner of The Thurber Prize for American Humor.

About Thurber House: Founded in 1984, Thurber House is a nonprofit literary arts center, James Thurber museum, historic landmark, and gathering place for readers, writers, and artists of all ages. We are based in the restored 1873 home of humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist James Thurber, widely considered one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century. Thurber House programs include The Thurber Prize for American Humor, author events featuring nationally bestselling authors and local authors, writing workshops for children and adults, writer residencies, and more.

Contact Information

Thurber House
77 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

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