Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

It is our great pleasure to (finally!) announce the winners of the 2016 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest! What a challenge it was to winnow the field of nearly 500 excellent entries down to just a few. Congratulations to the winners, listed below, whose essays are characterized by top-notch writing, engaging story-telling, originality, and, yes, humor. And congratulations to all who took time to enter their work. We hope to see you all back again next year! A special note of thanks to all of this year's entrants for their patience and goodwill during the delays in our judging process. You are all good sports, and we really appreciate it.

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Submissions for the 2017 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest will be open February 1 through July 10, 2017, and winners will be announced in October.  For further contest rules and submissions, please visit our page here.

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

2016 winners:

ADULT DIVISION:

YOUTH DIVISION:

 

2015 winners:

ADULT DIVISION

Winner: "Boobs" by Marina Mularz

First Runner-up: "The Efficiency Expert" by Graham Towers

Second Runner-up: "Oh, Here!" by April Kelly

Honorable Mentions (in last name alphabetical order):

"The Death Button" by Scott Carpenter

"Family Jeopardy" by Elisabeth Dahl

"And Starring God as Morgan Freeman" by Ben Greenfield

YOUNG ADULT DIVISION

Winner: “The Hegemony of Bistlethwait” by Nate Jacobs

First Runner-Up: “Huck and Jim Encounter the Slim” by Elizabeth Kaliff

Second Runner-Up: “RAP-UNZEL” by Brooke Echternacht

Honorable Mentions (in last name alphabetical order):

“The Young Person’s Account of The Mugging or: I Too Want to Figure Out My Sexuality” by Andres Cordoba

“Apocalyptic Overcooked Potatoes” by Peter Schmit

“Mass Exodus of Conservatives Following Recent Supreme Court Decisions” by Jesse Zhou

 

2014 winners:

ADULT DIVISION

1st Place: Yaron Kaver, "And the Oscar Goes to Jail."

2nd Place: Melissa Fay Greene, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex But Couldn't Spell,"

3rd Place: Briana Haynie, "NORAD Murray Tracker."

Honorable Mentions: “Postcards from Shakespeare,” by Allison Williams, “Archangel Blues,” by Josh Dobbin, and “Hooked” by Alice Nguyen.

YOUNG AUTHORS DIVISION:

1st Place: Jane Song, "The PR Campaign"

2nd Place: Melanie York, "The Longest 3 Hours and 28 Minutes in History"

3rd Place: Solomon Martin, "Dragon vs. Mustache"

Honorable mentions: "The Price of Rug-Knitted Lies," by Charlotte York; 
"Escaping the Flood: A Detasseler's Nightmare," by Madeline Pauline Schmit; 
"Fifty Grades of Shay," by Peter Schmit.

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