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Prolific author Judy-Carter hosting a webinar in How to Write Comedy Material on Wednesday, May 10, 6-7 Pacific time. It's free!!   https://themessageofyou.com/how-to-write-comedy-material-webinar/

Love this site!  (caution, it may be political in nature) 

Here's the submission page for the quarterly humor ezine site, National Pasquinade.  

Dave Barry to judge Erma Bombek writing competition. Check it out.  

Judy Carter will have award winning speaker, trainer and motivational movie star Ed Tate in for a FREE webinar on how to make a living as a paid speaker on Thur March 23, 8pm Central. Register here. 

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists' 2017 annual column contest is open for submissions. Open to both columnists and bloggers. There are eight categories including humor  See rules here. 

From the Erma Bombeck newsletter:  How to Write Better Using Humor by Leigh Anne Jasheway. Worth checking out!

Read the preview to Tim Dorsey's new book, Clownfish Blues.

Christopher Moore's new book Secondhand Souls is out!​

Member Judy Carter set up an online university called The Message of You University! (TMOY U) dealing with how to become a paid speaker. videos downloads and more. Check it out. 

Here's a cool marketing gimmick. Tim Dorsey is giving away original hand-corrected and autographed manuscript pages with a purchase of selected hardcover novels. Tim has quite the on line store. Check it out. 

Read a fundraising effort by new member Lenora Thompson, whose husband is battling Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis. (scroll down to her Dec 25 blog). 

HumorFeed restarted their sister publication, Check Please!, which was founded in 2004 dedicated to the examination of humor and satire. Check it out, interviews, features, history of important satire, and more! Click to check it out.

Our friend Nuthouse Magazine is looking for submissions of humorous short stories, commentary and verse. They will consider previously published work if noted. Payment is a complementary copy, but also the prestige and honor of being published by such a fine organization. Send submissions to Twin Rivers Press, PO Box 119, Ellenton, FL 34222. A sample copy is available for $1.50 payable to same (Fla residents add 6% sales tax). For more info, go to nuthousemagazine.com.


The Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop newsletter listed two excellent sites for people who need to feed their funny bones,  comedywire.com and HumorOutcasts.com. Humor Outcasts is a site where more than 100 Humorists submit funny stuff. 

Donald J. Bingle's new book Frame Shop has hit the bookshelves. Check it out!

 HA member Lisa Scottoline's new book EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES came out in April, Not humor, but it got great prepublishing reviews.

Sad news:  Terry Pratchett, creator of the Discworld series, passed away.  He'll be missed.

The Robert Benchley Society announced its semi-finalists in its annual humor writing competition. The winner will be announced on April Fools Day.

Here's some exciting news, Anderson's Bookshops, winner of Publisher's Weekly 2011 Bookstore of the Year award, is exploring doing a humor writers convention. Met with Becky Anderson at their highly successful YA breakfast, which brought in best selling authors from all over the nation, and she is very interested in putting together a program. We'll update the site here when we know more.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is accepting entries for its 2015 contest. You don't have to be a member to enter. Deadline March 15. 

New book by Tim Dorsey is out. Sharkskin Suite!  (Norm read it already and the court room scenes made him cheer!)

Here's a good site; The 100 Best Websites for Writers for 2015. Worth a look. 

It's fun to go to bookstores and see books by some of our members. Jen's book People I Want to Punch in the Throat was prominently displayed in Barnes & Noble's Urbana Illinois store.

​(Guh: had some stuff right here... yes, right here where you're reading ... and it got bleeped out of existence by this program. Whatever it was, you can be assured it was really interesting!) 

We're excited to partner with Unhinged Magazine. Well, maybe not partner. Affliated.  No, not that either. I know, we're associated with each other!  Anyway, check them out.​

Black Friday Special - Tim Dorsey's "When Elves Attack"


Here's something interesting. New member Don Bingle is doing a Kickstarter program for a book. Interesting concept. Check it out here 

Tim Dorsey has released a photo book travel companion to his popular Serge Storm novels, Click here to check them out >>> here, this spot.

Update to the 2014 Robert Benchley humor writing contest. The entrants are now available for reading.  Click here. 

Another humor legend passed, Joan Rivers. Heaven is a lot funnier now.

The deadline to enter the 2014 Robert Benchley Society Annual Award for Humor Writing competition is September 15, 2014 (the anniversary of Mr. Benchley's birth). For more details visit  here 

Humor lost a legend. RIP Robin Williams. We'll miss you.

HA founder Norm Cowie is a judge again (second time) for the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the largest children's film festival in the world.

Fun interview with HA founder Norm Cowie by Nathan Smith at Accounting-4-life.com. 

Christopher Moore's new book, The Serpent of Venice is out, starring the Fool and a long, black slimy water creature.

Tim Dorsey's Serge Swamp T-shirts are in. Check them out here.

The feature, “Dock Tale Hour” debuts this month in Laker Magazine, a print and online bi-monthly publication of Times-World LLC magazine that provides light hearted humor on life at and around Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia and beyond. Its creator, Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is also the author of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once. Laker Magazine is always looking for fresh ideas for stories and features. If you would like to share a story suggestion, contact Laker Magazine editor Andie Gibson at Andie.Gibson@smithmountainlaker.com or 540.721.4675, ext. 402. Check out this month’s column:: http://www.smithmountainlake.com/lifeStyle/lakerMagazine/wb/322397

New blog "Chasing Dave" on our pursuit of Dave Barry and a bit on some history of HA. ​

Best selling author Tim Dorsey joined the Humor Writers of America!

Exciting news: Teri Rizvi, founder of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, has agreed to a relationship (defined as, we don't know the nature of the relationship yet) with the Humor Writers of America. More info later as it develops. We, of course, are happier than a hedgehog in a needle factory about this.

HumorFeed, the online "associated press" of satire news, has been revived. This selective association of humor sites brought together headlines from more than 50 independent satire sites for seven years, and ran the annual Satire News Awards for five. After a hiatus of a few years, it's back in action and accepting applications from writers who publish humor, particularly news satire, online. It's a free service that can help connect people with other humor writers and also bring a few extra readers to their sites. http://humorfeed.com 

We've picked up fantastic new members from the attendees at the Erma Bombeck Writer's conference April 10-14, including NYT Best selling authors W Bruce Cameron, Mary Lou Quinlan and Lisa Scottoline.

Erma Bombeck's partner, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, invites columnists and bloggers to enter its annual national contest Cash prizes and more . Deadline is midnight, March 15 (PST).  

The Erma Bombeck Writing competition is open for personal essays of 450 words. Competition closes Feb. 17. Click here. 

Comedy Writers & Humorists Wanted. If you're from the southwest Florida area, the CWHW is looking for original comedy writers and humorists. Contact Carl Megill at carlmegill@msn.com

Looks like our site got a little attention from Stacked, a site by and for librarians. Thanks for noticing!

Best selling author Christopher Moore is now a member of the Humor Writers of America!  

Another Lisa Lutz Spellman Files book is out! THE LAST WORD. Make sure you watch the video trailers on her website - Hilarious. ​

Here's the review Norm posted of The Sh!t No One Tells You on Goodreads. 

Good news. It's time to sign up for the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop April 10-April 12, 2014 (uh, oh, it's all booked. If you didn't get in, you'll have to wait until 2016.

The winners of the "Shirley You Jest!" 2013 Book Award winners are Amy Sprenger for her fiction book, BABY BUMPS: THE ALMOST, BARELY, NOT-QUITE-TRUE STORY OF PREGNANCY, BED REST AND ONE BATSHIT CRAZY FAMILY, and the non-fiction champion, Dawn Dais, author of THE SH!T NO ONE TELLS YOU: A GUIDE TO SURVIVING YOUR BABY'S FIRST YEAR. Besides being really long titles, they are awesome books.


The Robert Benchley Society announces winners of their yearly humor writing competition.

Carl Hiaasen's new book Bad Monkey is out! 

HA!  is now a sponsor of the Shirley You Jest! book awards. 


Tim Dorsey's new book Riptide Ultra Glide is available now! 

Posted a review of Diary of a Nobody

Dave Barry's new book! Read about it here.

Craig P Kelly reviews DL Morrese's The Warden Threat

Here's Norm's review of Christopher Moore's Sacre Bleu.

Lisa Lutz has a new Spellman Files book out. Check it out here.

Christopher Moore's Sacre Bleu tour. Click here for info.

Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's new book Lunatics
(Go to the home page and click 'blog' to read our review)

Norm checked out one of Alan Zweibel's books and posted a review here 
















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