Two humor writers will receive free registration, travel and hotel expenses for the March 24-26, 2022, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, where they will spend an additional two weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott Hotel to work on their writing projects. It’s the gift of time to write and free room service. Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, and Mike Reiss, who's written for The Simpsons for 30 years, will choose the two grand prize winners. The package is worth approximately $5,000, but the experience is priceless. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions. Contest runs Sept. 7-28.

Hi, there! Thanks for your interest in A Hotel Room of One's Own:  The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program. On the application, we ask you to reply to a  few short questions and upload a sample of your funny writing. It does not need to be a new piece of writing. Please stay within the word limits and make sure your writing sample does NOT contain your name or any other identifying information. NOTE: The word limit for your writing sample is 1,250 words. It's helpful to read the FAQs before applying. We look forward to reading your submission — good luck! 

The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program