It's my great pleasure to announce the three winners of this year's Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction.
1st Place ($500): "A Little Toilet Drama" by Sharon Rina de Villiers, Durban, South Africa
A woman's desperate letter to her husband-to-be, locked in a bathroom, after accidentally swallowing the engagement ring he was going to pass to her with a kiss.
2nd Place ($250): "Plane Jane" by Kerreanna DiMauro, Waltham, MA
The CEO of Stretch Air tries to convince budget travelers that it is worth it to stand for a whole flight holding a handrail or using a live pet as a head rest.
3rd Place ($100): "Why I Love to Write" by Keladria Boyt, Tucson, AZ
The advantages of writing include preventing one from licking the earlobes of attractive strangers while competing with Svetlana, a KGB alter ego.
Since I founded this contest in 2000 to commemorate the work of my mother and encourage funny writers worldwide, I hope you will share that spirit and enter again, as well as let others know.
Happy 2011 and far beyond!
Editor's note: Brad Schreiber first shared the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction in 2009 with his incredibly moving original essay "Patch Rose and the Meaning of a 'Writer's Community.'"
Causes Brad Schreiber Supports
Wellstone Action! (Sen. Paul Wellstone, MN)