The 1st Annual Writing Fairy®TM Humour-Writing Contest

Click to see the Writing Fairy Contest Finalists Announced!

  • WHO? Dorothea Helms, The Writing Fairy, offers this great opportunity to submit your humour pieces to win BIG BUCKS!
  • WHAT? This year, any type of humour writing goes. Send us fiction, non-fiction, poetry, personal essays, scripts—heck, your grocery list if it will make the judges laugh. Maximum word count is 792 words. Yes, you read that right—792.
  • WHEN? The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 13, 2006.
  • WHERE? Anywhere. This contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 who can put together some hilarious yet intelligent humour.
  • WHY? Because The Writing Fairy says so. And because First Prize is $500; Second Prize is $250; and Third Prize is $125. And because the top three winners’ entries will be considered for inclusion in the book The Writing FairyTM Guide to Humour Writing, slated to be published in 2007.
  • HOW? Follow the instructions on the Contest Rules.
  • JUDGES? Final judges will be:

neilcrone.jpgPopular actor/ improviser/ humour writer/all-round good guy Neil Crone. Neil is an actor and writer who lives with his wonderful wife, two little boys and one neurotic dog in a town so small everybody knows where everyone else’s birthmarks are. He has performed in dozens of television and radio commercials, TV shows and is the voice of numerous cartoon characters every Saturday morning. His most recent feature film roles include Truth, Justice and the American Way with Adrian Brody and Ben Affleck, Homie Spumoni with Whoopi Goldberg. Look for Neil on television in Ken Finkleman’s new six-part dram-edy At the Hotel. A Second City Mainstage alumnus, Neil has been performing improvised and sketch comedy for over 20 years. When not on the stage or in front of a camera Neil is busy writing. He is as an award-winning weekly humour columnist for Metroland papers, and his first children’s book, I am dead at Recess, is currently published on the Internet. Neil is a cancer survivor and has recently been named National Spokesperson for the Colo-rectal Cancer Association of Canada. He is available as a motivational speaker, focussing on the power of laughter in healing. He also teaches spontaneity and creativity enhancement workshops.

debramcgrath.jpgActress/ comedy writer/ producer Debra McGrath. Debra has spent the last couple of years creating, writing, producing and starring in the CBC series “Getting Along Famously” with her husband Colin Mochrie. She and her husband with two partners formed a production company and are currently developing projects as well as producing two documentaries with Chaz Lawther and Gayle Kerbel called “Is it Art” and a doc on the sketch troupe “Women Fully Clothed” of which Deb is a member. Deb is playing a recurring role in the new CBC sitcom “Little Mosque on the Prairie” but her best role is wife and mother to her teenage boy Luke. She claimes that if only motherhood was catered, it would be the perfect gig. We’re with you on that one, Debra!

gordonkirkland.jpgAuthor/ newspaper columnist/ keynote spearker Gordon Kirkland. Gordon’s column, “Gordon Kirkland At Large,” is a regular feature in a growing number of Canadian and American newspapers. He writes from the perspective of a man at the half-century mark who is: the husband for the past 30 years and counting to Diane, his “first wife”; the father to two “now-grown-thank-goodness” sons (Mike and Brad), who have provided him with ample material over the years; and the former master to the late, great “dumbest dog to ever get lost on a single flight of stairs” a.k.a. Nipper the cocker spaniel, who passed away in 2001. Gordon’s first book, Justice Is Blind – And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes, was awarded the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit For Humour in 2000. Thistledown Press released his second book, Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse in March of 2004. This book followed the lead of his first book by winning the 2005 Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour. When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs, was released in January 2005 in the United States by AuthorHouse&tm;. Distribution in Canada by Hushion House started in September 2005. Once again, Kirkland was the winner of the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for 2006. His latest book, I Think I’m Having One Of Those Decades was launched in the USA in March 2006 in conjunction with his keynote address at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. It will have a fall 2006 release in Canada. Gordon’s essays on the craft of humour writing appeared in the 2002 “Writer’s Digest Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market” and “Media Weavers’ Writers Northwest Handbook.” Gordon lives in Pitt Meadows, BC, with his wife, and his assistance dog Tara.

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