Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Captions & slogans for fun & profit

I recently joined the thousands who try to make the top three in The New Yorker's weekly Cartoon Caption Contest with the following entry :
I struck out, but here are the winners:
"Well, you're the one who insisted on the smoking section."—John Pignata, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Why do we always have to be the first ones off the plane?"Stewart A. Denenberg, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
"O.K., from now on, just one Ambien each."Arin Lee Kambitsis, Pittsburgh, Pa
I don't really get the last one, but oh well. Although mine wasn't chosen, I'm not daunted—and neither was film critic Roger Ebert, who sent in entries for a year before grabbing the brass ring of the #1 spot on the April 4 contest!

"I'm not going to say the word I'm thinking of."—Roger Ebert Chicago, Ill.
"Why don't you just admit it—this is the wrong desert."—Ronn Koeppel, Los Osos, Calif.
"Let me know if you spot a divorce lawyer."Kent Engelmeier, Pittsburgh, Pa.
For a portrait of a contestant who used her brains to actually make some cash, check out
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less. It's a swell story (although the editor in me can't help but cringe every time I see "less" instead of "fewer"!)

1 comment:

  1. The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio is a fantastic read.