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Readers can submit original, unpublished material to any or all of three categories:
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.
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.
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 washingtonpost.com.
Three judges will evaluate all three categories:
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:
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 WitStream.com, 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.