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Thurber Prize for American Humor

The Thurber Prize recognizes American humor writing. The prize is given to the author and publisher of an outstanding humor book. It began in 1996 as a biennial award. However, beginning in 2004, the awards will be given annually. The Thurber House, a non-profit literary center in Columbus, the hometown of American humorist James Thurber, grants the awards.

Entries are sent to The Thurber House by April Fool’s Day. A steering committee reviews the entries and sends them to a national panel of judges who are also humor writers.

Winners

2001
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
1999
One Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America’s Finest News Source by the editorial staff of The Onion
1997
Coyote v. Acme by Ian Frazier