Monday, January 4, 2010

Write Me a Winner!

Entries open today for the 2010 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.

Sponsored by the University of Dayton and the Washington Centerville Public Library, this is an essay contest with humor and human interest divisions. First prize is $100 AND free admission to the 2010 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, held right here in beautiful Dayton, Ohio (which costs other people 375 bucks).


Human interest?

We bloggers write that stuff every day -- for free.

By now you're probably saying to yourself, "My God, why is Jeanne telling all of us potential competitors about the contest? She must be the most altruistic woman on the face of this planet!"

And while that, generally, is true, it also happens that, because Erma grew up here in Dayton, and because the money for the contest comes from a fund her family set up, there are separate divisions for Dayton-area residents and the rest of the world.

So the fact that some of you are funnier that I'll ever dream of being does not impact my chances of winning.

So, if you think you'd like to win $100 and a chance to attend a great humor-writing conference, go check it out.


  1. Hmm, if only I knew how to be funny!

    Good luck with yours, it sounds like exactly your kind of contest :)

  2. I'll have to check this out, but since I go back to work today time may be an issue. I am a huge Erma fan. BTW, I lived in Dayton many years ago. My son was born there. We were at Wright Pat.

  3. I'll leave the field clear for you- but if you need something funny or proof read, send it over..HeeHeeHee..

  4. My brand of glib snarkyness does not lend itself to this contest, or to the memory of that fine women.

  5. Hey Jeanne,

    I got your side note about encouraging me to enter this contest. I don't think I could be anywhere near as funny as most of the entries, I'm sure. But I may give it a shot. I like a challenge. I'll keep you posted.

  6. I am DOING IT!!!

    Now, who do I have to knock over to get in line????


  7. I think the deadline in Jan31. I hope.

  8. >> Humor? Human interest? We bloggers write that stuff every day -- for free. <<

    Very true. But I always admired Erma.


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