Short stories should be no more than 4,000 words, while submissions to the “Table Talk” section (pithy, irreverent and humorous musings on culture, art, politics and life) should be 1,000 words or less.Submission Guidelines: Deadline: Payment:
Keep in mind that Shouts & Murmurs are humorous fiction; first-person essays will not be considered.Cartoon submissions: Cartoons are reviewed on a rolling basis. You may send as many as ten cartoons per submission, but please do not submit more than once a month.
The is hosted every two years by the University of Dayton and the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, where Erma wrote the books and columns that launched her national fame. Over the years, the contest has drawn thousands of hopeful entries, submissions inspired by Erma Bombeck’s humor and humanity.