Winning Writers, a Northampton-based company providing online resources for poets and writers, has announced the winners of its 20th annual Wergle Flomp humorous poetry competition.
Anonymous US-based writer Koss took top prize among more than 5,600 participants with her poem “My Therapist Sez” – “a tumultuous tour through sessions with borderline therapists,” said Winning Writers announcing his victory.
“This poem is full of exaggerated but relatable moments that start with humor and end with outrage that better mental health care is not available for a lot of people,” said Jendi Reiter, the final judge of the competition. .
Koss received $ 2,000 for his victory.
Second place was Marcus Bales of Elyria, Ohio, whose poem “Corvid Nineteen” parodied “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe as he joked about the pandemic and Republicans.
The podium was completed by J. Clark Hubbard, of Jackson, Tennessee, whose poem “God! described the instructions for a role-playing game on creating a deity, said Winning Writers.
The organization also sponsors the Tom Howard / John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Competition, the North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books, and the Tom Howard / Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. The 2022 iteration of the Wergle Flomp humorous poetry competition is now accepting submissions until April 1.