The Mark Twain House & Museum

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


"Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand." 

                                                                                          -- Mark Twain

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe! 

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories: 

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for "Twainiacs" to support Mark Twain's legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Submission deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. 

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all - bragging rights! Last year's winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

"If Mark Twain were alive, he'd be happy about this contest, because he'd win it." - Andy Borowitz