Humor writing resources
A running list of resources for writing humor
As a humor writer, I sometimes get questions about humor writing and so I am setting up this page as a spot for resources that I have found helpful. I will try to come back and periodically update it but I will also share more timely updates/calls for submissions that I come across in my monthly newsletter (non-subtle hint to subscribe :)
So here goes…
Looking for places to submit your funny stuff? Here are some lists (the ones I wrote should be non-paywalled if you use the link below to access them):
20 Markets that Publish Humor Writing. A list I created that includes satire and some funny essay markets.
18 More Humor Writing Markets to Submit To. (More of the same as above)
A List of Humor and Satire Websites That Accept Writing and Contributors A much more comprehensive list of satire and humor websites by Caitlin Kunkel.
50+ Humor Writing Websites to Read and Submit To Another good list on this topic from Points in Case.
A lot of literary markets will also run humor pieces. This is a list of places that includes humor-accepting lit markets.
Humor writing classes
Second City. This well-known comedy training resource offers online classes on a variety of humor writing topics. I took Writing Satire for the Internet Levels 1 and 2 and learned some great tips, wrote some pieces that got accepted, and connected with other humor writers.
St. Nells: This is a humor writing residency for women and non-binary writers and they offer online classes (which are open to everyone).
Tips for writing humor
This article is a good one to check out if you are getting started writing short humor/satire pieces.
I put wrote thoughts/tips about writing for McSweeney’s here.
Kyrie Gray, editor of Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, has some guidelines for submitting humor writing here.
I often recommend the Newsletter of Humorous Writing to humor writers. They highlight a few pieces and then talk a bit about why they work well. This is a good way to pick up some tips.
Sarah Garfinkel and I wrote a piece for Brevity’s Nonfiction blog that highlights some techniques you can use in writing humor.
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