"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

Overview:

The Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest is sponsored by The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.  Proceeds benefit the museum’s preservation, education, and outreach programs.

 

Categories:

Adults: Must be 18 years or older at the date of submission

Young Writer: Must be younger than 18 at the date of submission.

 

Eligibility:

The Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest is open to anybody worldwide. Staff and other affiliates of The Mark Twain House & Museum and their immediate family members are not eligible to submit.

 

Submissions:

All submissions must be sent through the online portal Submittable at: https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

Submissions will be accepted from February 15 through 11:59 pm Eastern Time Sunday, July 15, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Submissions must be original work created by the submitter and may not exceed 7,000 words. Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.

All submissions must be in English.

Entrants may submit more than one essay, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee.

 

Entry Fees:

All submissions be accompanied by an entry fee:  

Adult: $23 per entry

Young Writer: $10 per entry

Entry fees must be paid at time of submission. Entry fees cover only one submission and are non-refundable.

 

Judging:

All submissions will be reviewed by Mark Twain House & Museum staff and volunteers. The final round will be reviewed by our Royal Nonesuch Final Judges. The judges’ decision is final.

 

Notification of Winners:

Winners will be announced by September 10, 2018.

 

Prizes:

The following prizes will be awarded in both the Adult and Young Writer categories:

1st Prize: $1,000 

2nd Prize: $500 

3rd Prize: $250 

Honorable Mention winners receive a $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store. 

 

Ownership/Rights:

Winners retain ownership of their submitted work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish each submission, in full or in part, to a public forum, with proper credit given to the author. No compensation shall be given to the submitter by The Mark Twain House & Museum for publishing any submitted work.

 

More Information:

Join the Royal Nonesuch Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/royalnonesuchcontest/  and check for updates on The Mark Twain House & Museum website at https://marktwainhouse.org/royal-nonesuch

 

FAQs:

Q: Can I submit more than one entry?

A: Yes. However, each submission requires a separate entry fee.

 

Q: Does my essay have to be in the style of Mark Twain, or about Mark Twain?

A: No; while this is a humor-writing contest, we are looking for your voice! Make us laugh – preferably uproariously!

 

Q: May I submit previously published work?

A: Yes, provided it has not won another humor-writing contest.


Don’t see the answer to your question? E-mail bridget.mcgrath@marktwainhouse.org

 

About The Mark Twain House & Museum:

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. A National Register Historic Landmark, The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children from 1874 to 1891. During his time here, Twain  wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Overview:

The Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest is sponsored by The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.  Proceeds benefit the museum’s preservation, education, and outreach programs.

 

Categories:

Adults: Must be 18 years or older at the date of submission

Young Writer: Must be younger than 18 at the date of submission.

 

Eligibility:

The Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest is open to anybody worldwide. Staff and other affiliates of The Mark Twain House & Museum and their immediate family members are not eligible to submit.

 

Submissions:

All submissions must be sent through the online portal Submittable at: https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

Submissions will be accepted from February 15 through 11:59 pm Eastern Time Sunday, July 15, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Submissions must be original work created by the submitter and may not exceed 7,000 words. Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.

All submissions must be in English.

Entrants may submit more than one essay, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee.

 

Entry Fees:

All submissions be accompanied by an entry fee:  

Adult: $23 per entry

Young Writer: $10 per entry

Entry fees must be paid at time of submission. Entry fees cover only one submission and are non-refundable.

 

Judging:

All submissions will be reviewed by Mark Twain House & Museum staff and volunteers. The final round will be reviewed by our Royal Nonesuch Final Judges. The judges’ decision is final.

 

Notification of Winners:

Winners will be announced by September 10, 2018.

 

Prizes:

The following prizes will be awarded in both the Adult and Young Writer categories:

1st Prize: $1,000 

2nd Prize: $500 

3rd Prize: $250 

Honorable Mention winners receive a $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store. 

 

Ownership/Rights:

Winners retain ownership of their submitted work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish each submission, in full or in part, to a public forum, with proper credit given to the author. No compensation shall be given to the submitter by The Mark Twain House & Museum for publishing any submitted work.

 

More Information:

Join the Royal Nonesuch Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/royalnonesuchcontest/  and check for updates on The Mark Twain House & Museum website at https://marktwainhouse.org/royal-nonesuch

 

FAQs:

Q: Can I submit more than one entry?

A: Yes. However, each submission requires a separate entry fee.

 

Q: Does my essay have to be in the style of Mark Twain, or about Mark Twain?

A: No; while this is a humor-writing contest, we are looking for your voice! Make us laugh – preferably uproariously!

 

Q: May I submit previously published work?

A: Yes, provided it has not won another humor-writing contest.

 

Don’t see the answer to your question? E-mail bridget.mcgrath@marktwainhouse.org

 

 

About The Mark Twain House & Museum:

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. A National Register Historic Landmark, The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children from 1874 to 1891. During his time here, Twain  wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn