Yes, I still have a long way to go before I finish updating Book Expo America 2002 in NYC, but Jacqueline sent this to the Wild Writing Women today, and I couldn’t resist passing it on…

Smithsonian Magazine has a call out for humor stories (Hey, don’t forget so do I!) Here are the details:

“The Last Page” Humor Column
Marlane Liddell, Senior Editor
MRC 951, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
writer’s guidlines

“The Last Page” is a monthly column that aims at humor.
Its length runs between 550 to 700 words. Because of the
difficulty in judging humor by proposal, we require
submission of a completed manuscript. Payment for the
column ranges from $1,000 to $1,500, and there is no
kill fee. The article should be amusing and the tone
genial – a story rather than a list of jokes or

The story usually relates to the writer’s own particular
experience. For example, what happened after he shaved
off his moustache; what it’s like to be colorblind (or a
hypochondriac); or how an innocent-seeming toy ant farm
turned into an unintended lesson in life. A “Last Page”
story has a beginning, middle and end, and something
happens. The best way to learn what a successful last
page piece is, and how it works, is to study several
dozen of them. Allow 8 weeks and send SASE.

Good luck getting your story in, and please, if you are a woman and have a funny travel story to tell, please submit your story by July 15 to
Hold My Purse While I…:
Funny Women Write from the Road

Read our guidelines first.

One of the great things about the WWW is how we share our writing leads with each other. If you know of a writer that would benefit from knowing about this submission call, please pass it on. Good luck!

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