The Washington-Centerville Public Library is running an Erma Bombeck writing competition. Writers can submit 450 words in two categories – human interest and humor.
From the site:
A personal essay “deals lightly, often humorously, with personal experiences, opinions, and prejudices, stressing especially the unusual or novel in attitude and having to do with the various aspects of everyday life.” ˜Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay.
Erma Bombeck inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the University of Dayton.
Over 1,300 writers from around the world entered the 2008 competition!