Sue Granzella Humor Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details

One piece per entry, up to 3,000 words. Make me laugh out loud! Any form is fine—prose, poetry, a scene from a play, a list—as long as what you send feels complete in itself. For example, choose that funny short story with a satisfying arc over the excerpt that would leave me hanging. But above all, choose the piece that will make me surrender to glorious laughter.

About Judge/Sponsor

Sue Granzella (San Leandro, CA) teaches third grade in a San Francisco Bay Area public school. She has been writing since 2010, and one of her essays was named Notable in the 2016 book of Best American Essays. Sue has also won a contest with Memoirs Ink, and her work has been recognized numerous times in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. She has been extensively published in literary magazines, including Full Grown People, Gravel, Ascent, Citron Review, Hippocampus, Lowestoft Chronicle, Crunchable, and Prick of the Spindle, and is currently working on a collection of personal essays.

Most of Sue’s recent writing has centered on her multi-ethnic students, who graciously provide her with plenty of writing material. These days, she finds herself inspired by children’s capacity to embrace diversity, and to forgive. Sue is very active in the leadership of her teachers’ union; a colleague has referred to Sue as a “union ninja.” She loves baseball, stand-up comedy, hiking, road trips, and reading the writing of 8- and 9-year-olds.




Sue’s Notable Essay in 2016’s Best American Essays

Last Year’s Winners (2017)

First Prize: Gary Turchin of Berkeley, CA for “Feeding Frenzy”

Second Prize: Garret Bauman of Nunda, NY for “Empty Nest”

Third Prize: Krista Kujat of Greenbrae, CA for “When Marriage Comes Down to Cutting the Grass With Scissors”

Honorable Mentions: Ilona Duncan of Heathsville, VA for “The Beauty Institute”; Francis Flavin of Sparks, NV for “Palm Springs Saturday”; Sarah Savasky of Aptos, CA for “Body Work”; Caroline Wang of Piedmont, CA for “Bosom Breasts”