PS: OK, it's backwards. Who starts communicating with a "post script?" I found this Robert Benchley Society page on a rabbit trail when looking at/for contests. I don't know if I should bill the organization for advertising, or hope I don't find myself cited for plaguerism for copying it without premission. But I couldn't resist, especially since PPW is not sponsering an adult contest this year. What really pulled me in was the word "Benchleyesque," and the contest due date: April 1. But this is not an April Fools joke. And it's worth the read, just to discover a set of rules Texas mavericks can enjoy.
ROBERT BENCHLEY SOCIETY 2012 HUMOR WRITING COMPETITION OFFICIAL RULES AND DEADLINESEntries may be submitted by e-mail, on or before APRIL 1, 2012 and MUST FOLLOW THE ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION PROCEDURE as below in item 3.
1. Entry Requirement
Entries must be:
Submission of an entry to the competition grants the Robert Benchley Society permission to publish the entry on the Society's website and online newsletter. All other rights are retained by the author.
2. Judging Rules
All judging will be done in accordance with WBC rules:
Winners will be announced in JUNE, 2012, by the Robert Benchley Society.
3. Required Electronic Submission ProcedureEntries must be accompanied by $10 entry fee, payable through PayPal, which funds will be used by the Society exclusively to cover the costs associated with the competition, to buy the plaque(s) and other insignificant prizes for the winner(s) and, so far as possible, pay for the cost of the first-place winner attending the Annual Gathering and Award Ceremony.
Entries must be in MS Word or HTML format attached to an e-mail message with no identifying information (such as name, address, etc.) in the entry. The entrant's name, address, and phone number must be in the body of the e-mail message.
To enter click on the PayPal Buy Now button below. After making your payment you will be automatically redirected to a page from which you may submit your entry. If not automatically redirected, click on "Return to Merchant" button.