Thurber Prize for American Humor

The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects the three finalists from seven or eight semi-finalists. The three finalists are invited to Columbus, Ohio, where the winner is announced. The winner receives $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.
 

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor. The deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018.
 

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION

CLICK HERE FOR THE RULES AND GUIDELINES


RULES AND GUIDELINES

  1. Thurber House will accept books published from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017. Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback, in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible. Collaborations by writing teams are acceptable. Reprints of books published outside the one-year time frame are not eligible. Self-published books are eligible provided the author/publisher is willing to meet the requirements as listed below.
  2. Three copies of each book must be submitted, along with an application form for each title, and a nonrefundable $65 entry fee for each title by Friday, April 20, 2018 to: Thurber Prize/ Thurber House / 77 Jefferson Ave. / Columbus, Ohio 43215.
  3. Books must be primarily written rather than pictorial. Incidental visual material is acceptable.
  4. eBooks of fiction, nonfiction, collections of short stories, and collaborations by writing teams also are eligible. eBooks that were published simultaneously or previously in printed form are not eligible. If an eBook and its printed form are both published during the eligibility time frame, the printed book may be submitted using the general guidelines. Submissions of eBooks must include information on where the book is available, three disc/CD copies of each book submitted, and three printed and bound, 81/2 x 11 inch copies of each book submitted, including publication date information.  
  5. Authors must have proof of U.S. citizenship.
  6. Thurber House will make the final decision regarding all questions of eligibility.
     

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONDITIONS AND LOCATION HAVE CHANGED

Eligible books for The Thurber Prize for American Humor will not be considered unless the publisher/author of the three finalists agrees to send the finalist to the awards ceremony in Columbus, Ohio to read from the nominated book. If the book is a collaboration by a writing team, at least one author must attend the event. Publishers of the finalists must agree to pay for their author(s) transportation to and from Columbus and expenses while there.
 

JUDGES FOR THE 2018 THURBER PRIZE

Harrison Scott Key, winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize for his book, The World's Largest Man.

Mary Norris, 2016 Thurber Prize finalist for her book, You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

Laurie Notaro, 2009 Thurber Prize finalist for her book, The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death.

 
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The Thurber Prize for American Humor is made possible by the Greater Columbus Arts Council
and an anonymous family fund of The Columbus Foundation.

 

Click here for a list of past Thurber Prize winners and finalists.

Thanks to an anonymous fund of The Columbus Foundation and to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for support of this program.