The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Writing Fairy®
Humour Radio-Writing Contest

  1. This contest is open to writers and performers 18 years of age and older.
  2. The competition is to write and perform something original that is intended to he heard on radio.
  3. Your entry may take the form of a CD, cassette tape, or MP3 file. However you send in your entry, all pieces will be turned into MP3 files at our end for the judges to hear. Your piece will be judged on the quality of the writing and the performance – NOT how fancy your recording equipment is.
  4. Prizes (in Canadian funds) will be awarded as follows:
    • First Place: $500.00
    • Second Place: $250.00
    • Third Place: $125.00
    • The judges reserve the right to name Honourable Mentions if appropriate. Each Honourable Mention entry will receive $50.00
  5. Your entry may be by multiple writers and/or performers (so for example, could be a short play), BUT the prizes are awarded per entry. If a winning piece is created by three people, they will have to split the prize among themselves.
  6. Entries (in English only) must be original, unpublished, never heard before on a broadcast, never before performed for an audience, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, and not submitted to any other writing competitions simultaneously. (This includes different versions of the same piece.)
  7. EVERYTHING ON THE RECORDING YOU SEND MUST BE ORIGINAL! This means if you have background music, sound effects, etc., you must have either written and/or made the music and sounds yourself, or have copyright permission to use them. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU CANNOT use the theme to Bonanza, a track from a Beatles record or any other recording that is not yours to use legally.
  8. Entries may be any style of humour: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play, personal essay, song, script, etc. The main criteria are that your piece be well written, well delivered, and make the judges laugh when they hear it.
  9. Entrants MUST complete the official online entry form at, and indicate whether they will be submitting the entry by CD, cassette tape or MP3 file.
  10. The REQUIRED BROADCAST TIME FOR THE ENTRY MUST BE BETWEEN 2 AND 3 minutes. Entries shorter than 2 minutes or longer than 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  11. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, February 4, 2008.
  12. Entrants must agree that if they win, they will permit non-exclusive rights to publish their winning entries as audio performances on The Writing Fairy website at, AND on any radio stations that choose to cover the contest.
  13. The entry fee PER SUBMISSION is $10 Canadian, to be paid in one of two ways:
    • through PayPal when you complete your online submission
    • Dorothea Helms
      S10895 Sideroad 17 RR #1
      Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0 Canada

      REMEMBER – send $10.00 for EACH SUBMISSION.

  14. First-round judges will narrow the entries to 10 Finalists, which will be sent to the Final Judges: Roger Ashby, Erin Davis
  15. Winners will be contacted by phone and mail. Their names will be officially announced on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Breakfast Meeting of The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, and on The Writing Fairy website.
  16. KEEP A COPY OF YOUR ENTRY! NONE OF THE ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. Once judging is over and the winners announced, entries will be destroyed.
  17. Decisions of the judges are final.
  18. The Writing Fairy reserves the right to cancel this contest if sufficient entries are not received to make it feasible, and that if it is cancelled, all entry fees will be refunded in full.