Friday, February 10, 2012

Very Interesting... but Stupid, Robert Benchley Society Announces 2012 Humor Writing Competition

The Robert Benchley Society announces comedian ARTE JOHNSON as celebrity judge of the 2012 ROBERT BENCHLEY SOCIETY AWARD FOR HUMOR WRITING.
Johnson, who is perhaps best know for his portrayal of "Wolfgang," a German soldier, on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, will pick and rank the top four essays from among the entries received by the Society and will give out the awards at the Ninth Robert Benchley Society International Annual Gathering, to be held this autumn in Los Angeles.


Entries must be:
  • Original;
  • Benchleyesque (in the sense of reflecting the Benchley style and humor);
  • Not more than 500 words in length (times height times width);
  • In the English language, such as it is these days; and
  • Accompanied by the $10 entry fee.
Entries are limited to one per person. Submission of an entry to the competition grants the Robert Benchley Society permission to publish the entry on the Society's website and online newsletter. All other rights are retained by the author.

Judging Rules. All judging will be done in accordance with WBC rules:
  1. There is no standing 8 count and no 3 knockdown rule;
  2. Fighter can be saved by the bell in the last round only;
  3. A 10-point must system is in effect; and
  4. Accidental head butt goes to the scorecard after the fourth round.
  5. None of the above.
  6. Officers and family members of officers of the National RBS, and judges are excluded.
The top four finalist entries will be ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th by ARTE JOHNSON. Winners will be announced in JUNE 2012, by the Robert Benchley Society.

Required Electronic Submission Procedure. Entries must be accompanied by $10 entry fee, payable through PayPal, which funds will be used by the Society exclusively to cover the costs associated with the competition, to buy the plaque(s) and other insignificant prizes for the winner(s) and, so far as possible, pay for the cost of the first-place winner attending the Annual Gathering and Award Ceremony. Entries must be in MS Word or HTML format with no identifying information (such as name, address, etc.) in the entry. To enter click here and follow the instructions.


1 comment:

Horace J. Digby said...

The "Robert Benchley Society Award For Humor" is the most respected award for humor writing in the world. Finalist judges have included Dave Bary, Bob Newhart, Mark Russell, and now, in 2012, comedian Arte Johnson. Now is your time to win.

Robert Benchley Society

For more information about the Robert Benchley Society, local chapters near you, our annual Award for Humor, and our Annual Gathering, visit The RBS Website