Monday, 13 June 2011

Go on, make us laugh


Have you noticed there’s a scarcity of humour verse competitions with decent prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read humour verse? So have we! Which is why we at Flash 500 have decided to launch a humour verse competition. We have a team of readers just waiting to have a chuckle and decide on which entries make it through to the final round of judging. The shortlisted entries will be judged by me, Lorraine Mace, winner of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition, humour verse category.

What are we looking for? Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything from a limerick to a poem up to 30 lines in length is accepted.

The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website.

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Prizes will be awarded as follows:
First: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM
Second: £100
Third: £50

Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the

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