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 second 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 $22 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $12 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 Twain's legacy-- we thank you for it!

Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.

Your deadline is July 10th, 2015. Word limit is 7,000 words. Further guidelines and the submission portal will be released on February 1st.

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 over $3,000 in prizes.

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