Entries sought for 2014 Robert Benchley Contest

Robert Benchley, circa 1935

Robert Benchley, circa 1935

The Robert Benchley Society has opened its 2014 Humor Writing Award Competition, named for the early 20th century humorist. The deadline is Sept. 15, his 125th birthday, having been born in 1889.

The society also announced that political comedian Mark Russell will be the finalists’ judge this year.

Information on the competition can be found at the Benchley society’s website page for the 2014 contest’s rules.

Of note in the rules — besides the Benchelesque twists — is the pieces be written in his style, under 500 words and accompanied by a $14 entry fee. The entries are blind-judged — no identifying information may be on the text file of the piece.

The Robert Benchley Society is honoring its 2013 winner and finalists in November.

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  1 comment for “Entries sought for 2014 Robert Benchley Contest

  1. Trina Machacek
    August 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Funny, as I read the rules and regulations of the world famous Robert Benchley contest for writers of humor and frivolity, I find that the contestants for the 2014 contest will be announced n September of 2011. I feel vindicated that in a recent column I wanted to say that the numbers on my clock were illuminated and it came out laminated. Ah, perfection. It is all in the eye of the spell check. Life is such a hot, no a tot, no a hoot, ya a hoot!

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