I get an online publication about small markets (meaning little magazines and small circulation and small pay places that want to publish your stuff). It helps keep me abreast of what’s out there in the writing world, and gives me ideas for places I might want to submit stuff. They also compile info on various competitions, as well as small markets, and usually it’s pretty reasonable stuff. I read the new one today and was tickled by the name of the first contest: WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. I decided to check it out on the basis of name alone. It had to be funny, right?
And it was! Basically, it’s a contest aimed at making fun of the vanity press contests many of us participated in as school-age children. You make a really bad, but funny-in-a-parody-way poem. Then submit it to a vanity press contest that will accept anything so that they can sell more books. Then, submit it here. Finally, have a good chuckle at other’s expense. Ahh, silly vanity presses! I now love this contest. I am thinking of submitting something….