The Thurber Prize for American Humor, one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States, is presented annually to one author of exceptional humor writing. This hilarious red carpet event is held in James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The three Thurber Prize finalists all read from their nominated books, and at the close of the event, the winner is announced and presented with the Thurber Prize for American Humor. This is the event of the year—don’t miss it!

The 2019 Thurber Prize was held on October 23, 2019. Click here to learn more about the 2019 Thurber Prize winner.

Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Thurber Prize for American Humor!


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