Winning Writers Awards $1,000 to S. Michael Wilson for Best Humor Poem

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S. Michael Wilson of Phillipsburg, New Jersey is the winner of the fifteenth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. 4,834 contestants competed from around the world.

Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its fifteenth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. S. Michael Wilson of Phillipsburg, New Jersey won first prize and $1,000 for his comedic poem, “Dick Candles”. 4,834 contestants competed from around the world.
Jendi Reiter, final judge of the Wergle Flomp contest, said the winning entry stood out because it, “didn’t stop with the initial joke premise, but creatively expanded on it, at just the right length. The humor builds as the speaker’s language becomes more florid and sensuous, moving from embarrassment to excitement as he imagines different scenarios for making use of these phallus-shaped illumination devices.”
Second prize of $250 went to Christina Myers of Surrey, British Columbia, for, “Tampon Bullet, Direct Hit”. Reiter compared this poem to, “a modern-day ‘I Love Lucy’ clips reel, with one after another cringe-making and relatable moment of social gaffes. From the feminine product projectile that hits her junior-high crush in the chest, to losing her shirt in the car-wash vacuum when a cute guy walks by, our heroine is still a winner as long as she can laugh at herself.”
Ten honorable mentions of $100 went to Danny Caine, Sarah Crowe, Laura Docter, Michael Forester, Ralph Gagliardo, Debra McQueen, George Northrup, Michelle Reiter (no relation to the judge), Garry Somers, and Vicki Wilke. The prizewinners are published online. The judging was assisted by poet Lauren Singer. $2,250 was awarded in total, making this one of the largest competitions in the world for humor poems.
The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is sponsored by Winning Writers. Submissions for the 2017 contest are accepted online now through April 1, 2017. There is no fee to enter. For more information, please see
About Winning Writers, Inc.
Winning Writers was founded in 2001 to provide expert literary contest information and resources to the public. In addition to the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, it sponsors the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the North Street Book Prize for self-published books. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest) and one of the “100 Best Websites for Writers” (The Write Life). Learn more at and join our 72,000+ Twitter followers at @winningwriters.

Stop. Novel Time.

ImageIt’s been awhile.

Yes, I’ve been away from the keyboard for a bit since my last post. No excuses, no explanations  other than the unavoidable fact that life often intervenes when least expected.

What matters is, I’m back. With a vengeance.

I’m kick off my return to the word by joining up with the National Novel Writing Month challenge, during which I will be converting my short story A Little Hike into a full-length novel. Continue reading

Publishing News: My Short Story Gets Flushed

One of my short fiction pieces, The Other Foot, which I just recently read along with a gathering of other authors at Warren County Community College, has been selected to appear in the latest anthology from Portable Press, Uncle John’s Flush Fiction. As they describe it on their Amazon page:

Prepare to be entertained by this unique collection of short-short stories–all fewer than 1,000 words–handpicked by the master story-teller himself, Uncle John. Whatever genre you’re into–humor, mystery, romance, horror, adventure, sci-fi, or slice-of-life–it’s in here. Continue reading

Author Appearance: S. Michael Wilson on Educationally Speaking with Joyce Estey

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This Wednesday, I was fortunate to be a guest on Joyce Estey‘s monthly radio program Educationally Speaking, accompanied by professor and poet BJ Ward, author Jessica Cooper, and poets Nick Heacock and Angela Chiu.

We were invited to appear on Joyce’s program on WRJN to discuss our involvement with the Warren County Community College ASA Creative Writing program, one of the few Creative Writing Associate Degree programs in the country, and the only one so far on the East Coast. Continue reading

Franzen Hates E-books and Oprah, Yet Still Uses Both to Sell Books

Deutsch: Ortsende von Franzen in Niederösterreich

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Speaking of saying stupid things in public, it seems that Jonathan Franzen recently jumped on the anti-eBook bandwagon during a recent speaking engagement:

“The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom. I can spill water on it and it would still work! So it’s pretty good technology. And what’s more, it will work great 10 years from now… I think, for serious readers, a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience. Everything else in your life is fluid, but here is this text that doesn’t change…” Continue reading

Moviesucktastic #59: 2012 Oscar Nominations Show | Moviesucktastic

As happens every year, Bad Movie Month (January) leads into the supposedly Good Movie Month of February with Oscar Season, and The Movie Guys take advantage of this seasonal event by using this episode of Moviesucktastic to take their initial look at the newly released Academy of Motion Picture’s list of Oscar Nominees!

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