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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 07/12/2012

WP Humor Contest: Enter here

Are you an armchair humor writer, a closet Dave Barry or James
(WP - WP)
Thurber? Have you thought that, if you ever got around to writing, your wit could be your Plan B?

Now’s your chance.

Introducing: TheWP Magazine Humor Contest.

Win $1,000! Or less.

Readers can submit original, unpublished material to any or all of three categories:

A true memoir

Read this piece by T.M. Shine for an example. Entrants must write 1,000 words or fewer; one entry per person. Prize: $1,000.

A 140-character Twitter joke

Submit your Twitter entry by tweeting using the hashtag #wphumor. Prize: $140. Click on the button below or tweet however is most conveninent for you. Note: You must have a Twitter account to enter. If you don’t have one, you can register for free here. Please be sure your tweets are set to public so we can view your submission. If you’re a winner, we will contact you via Twitter direct message, so please be sure to also follow @washingtonpost and pay attention to your messages once the contest has ended.

A funny photo, real, not staged

One entry per person. See example below. Prize: $300. Submit your photo entry by clicking through here to upload your photo. You will need to be registered on to upload. Registration is free online. See further instructions on the upload process here. Having trouble? E-mail
The WigwamMotel inHolbrook, Ariz. (Michael S. Williamson - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Read the complete list of rules here.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Post staff members will determine 15 finalists in each category, then five celebrity judges will pick winners. Winning entries will be published in the Oct. 14 issue of WP Magazine and at

Meet the judges

Three judges will evaluate all three categories:

Lewis Black performs stand-up at at the Warner Theater. (Dustin Fenstermacher - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Lewis Black, 63, national stand-up ranter and social critic, best-selling author, regular contributor to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and Silver Spring native.

Gene Weingarten, 60, Pulitzer-winning journalist, author of WP Magazine’s Below the Beltway humor column and co-author of the syndicated strip “Barney & Clyde.”

Erin Jackson, 34, nationally touring stand-up comedian and writer — and Howard University grad — who has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Comedy Central and, most recently, on TV Guide Network’s “StandUp in Stilettos.”

Joining them for memoirs:

Emily Yoffe , 56, who writes Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column and spent many years humiliating herself as the Web site’s Human Guinea Pig. She was inspired to write the book “What the Dog Did” after her beagle ate her bra.
Emily Yoffee of Dear Prudence (TWP - TWP)

Steve Friedman, 56, author of two personal memoirs, the darkly comic “Lost on Treasure Island” and the poignant “Driving Lessons,” and co-author with Scott Jurek of a current best-selling memoir, “Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.”

For the Twitter joke contest:

Lisa Cohen, 44, founder and CEO of, the 24-hour live comedy ticker. Nominated for a 2012 Comedy Award for best app, WitStream hand-selects contributors for a curated feed of funny tweets.

Harris Wittels, 28, who runs Twitter’s @Humblebrag feed andis an Emmy-nominated writer for NBC’s “Parks and Rec” and HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.” His book “Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty” is due out Sept. 25.

And for the photo contest:

Joe Elbert, 65, who was assistant managing editor of photography for The Post from 1988 through 2007, presiding over four Pulitzers and receiving in 2003 the Joseph A. Sprague award, the highest given by the National Press Photographers Association.

MaryAnne Golon, 51, The Post’s new director of photography, who served as Time magazine’s photo director for more than 20 years. She was born in North Carolina, which automatically qualifies her to judge anything requiring a sense of humor.

By Washington Post Magazine  |  05:33 PM ET, 07/12/2012

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