For Immediate Release
Contact: Emily Swartzlander
(614) 464-1032, ext. 11
Columbus, Ohio— Thurber House has extended the deadline for entries to the 2006 Thurber Treat humor writing contest, the annual kickoff to Thurber House’s Literary Picnics summer series of outdoor readings and dinners with Ohio-connected authors. Entries are now due to Thurber House by Mon., May 15.
Winners of the contest, based on the work of author, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber, will be the featured guests at Thurber House’s Wednesday, June 14 Literary Picnic.
For this year’s contest theme, writers are asked to create a humorous revision of a moment in history, much like Thurber did in his “If Grant had Been Drinking at Appomattox.” The reinvention can range from the personal to the international and can cover any moment in history. Celebrity host Win Logan, of State Auto Insurance, will read Thurber’s story before the contest winners take the stage.
To enter the contest, writers should follow these rules:
* Limit entries to 1000 words.
* Limit two entries per person.
* Submit an entry form, found on the Thurber House Web site, www.thurberhouse.org, with the entry. Names should not be on the entry itself.
* Keep the original — no entries will be returned.
* Send the entry and application to: Thurber Treat Writing Contest; Thurber House; 77 Jefferson Avenue; Columbus, Ohio 43215
Please call 614-464-1032 or visit www.thurberhouse.org with any questions. “If Grant had Been Drinking at Appomattox” can be found in The Thurber Carnival, which is available at Thurber House’s bookstore and at local libraries.