100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 26: Flash Humor Writing Contest #2
“In the News” — With Guest Judge Ross Reynolds of KUOW Public Radio in Seattle
By Dave Fox
Welcome to hour 26 of the 100 Hours of Humo(u)r! It is now 11 p.m. here in Singapore; 2 a.m. in Sydney, Australia, and 4 a.m. in New Zealand. In Oslo, it’s 4 p.m. In North America, it’s 10 a.m. in Toronto and 7 a.m. in Vancouver. Wherever you are, it’s time for our second of four flash humor writing contests — and as I announced many hours ago, this one has a tighter deadline than the first.
If you missed the first one, flash humor is like flash fiction: brief, to the point, and excellent for readers with short attention spans. Your mission in each of these contests: To write a humor essay with a maximum of 500 words, on a topic to be announced at the start of the contest.
Your story must be original, written by you and you alone during the contest period. You may not submit stories you have written previously. (This is on the honor system, but if I find your story online elsewhere, I’ll know you cheated. And on a more serious note, if I find your story online elsewhere with someone else’s name on it, I will publicly humiliate you. I am not kind to plagiarists.)
Again, this is the start of 26. For this contest, all entries within the next three hours — at the end of hour 28, before the hour 29 post goes online.
Our guest judge this time around is Ross Reynolds. Ross hosts The Conversation, a current affairs call-in show that airs weekdays at noon on Seattle’s National Public Radio affiliate, KUOW. Along those lines, our topic for this round is “In the News.” It’s been a quirky week. You’ll find plenty of material if you quit squandering time on so-called “humo(u)r” websites for a couple of hours and do something meaningful for a change. :-)~
One bit of guidance (which I’m asking Ross to consider when judging): please keep in mind this website gets visitors from all over. Make sure someone on the other side of the planet will understand what you’re writing about. (No… I don’t mean you have to write in Swahili. What I’m saying is, early risers in Seattle, the average New Zealander will not understand obscure Alaskan Way Viaduct jokes, so don’t try to woo Ross with your neighborhood politics.) I’ll be sending him the entries with names removed to be absolutely certain there’s no bias.
The winner will receive:
- Your choice of any two of my books in any format available. (“Globejotting” (the book) is now available in Nook and Apple iReader formats as well as Kindle and paperback.)
- A written critique of your writing — maximum 1,000 words — or a 45 minute writing or humor coaching session by phone, Skype, or in person if we are ever in the same place.
To enter, e-mail your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of hour 28 of the 100 Hours of Humo(u)r. By submitting a story for this contest, you verify that it is your original work, and that nobody else holds the copyright to it. In addition, you grant Globejotting.com permission to publish the story on this website. (You retain all copyrights and are free to publish it elsewhere as soon as the “100 Hours of Humo(u)r” online festival has ended.)