The Mark Twain House & Museum

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." 

                                                                                          -- Mark Twain

Welcome to the 5th Annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages and from all corners of the globe! 

We recognize that Samuel Clemens began writing at an early age, and so to encourage other young authors we welcome submissions in 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 $10 per      submission.

Submission fees go toward the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way to support Mark Twain's legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Submission deadline is Sunday, July 15, 2018. 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! 


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

The Mark Twain House & Museum