Cary Citizen Editor Wins Humor Writing Contest

Cris Cohen Selects Best Guest Blog Post  

April 19, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Leslie Huffman, Associate Editor of the Cary Citizen, an online newspaper, has won humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen’s guest blog post contest with a 250-piece entitled “My Invisible Car.”

Huffman’s piece is posted on Cohen’s Nothing In Particular blog (criscohen.typepad.com) and she will receive a copy of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“All of the entries were fun to read, so it was difficult selecting just one,” Cohen said. “I liked the fun spin that Leslie put on the topic of ‘potential vehicular homicide’. She has a slightly warped perspective that I can identify with. I’m sure Leslie will enjoy this coveted literary honor for at least l0 minutes.”

Huffman’s winning entry can be read at: http://criscohen.typepad.com/cris_cohen/2011/04/contest-winner.html

Cohen announced the guest post contest in early April as a way to celebrate the endorsement he received from David Barry for his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

Cohen’s book, due out this fall, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns from the years he wrote for several newspapers in his native California and new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary in 2008. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs. Tyrannosaurus Max Press, Cohen’s new small publishing company, will publish the book.

“I want to thank everyone who entered the contest,” said Cohen. “It is really great that people from Maine to Washington state were willing to invest so much effort and creativity into what was essentially a colossal waste of time.”

Cohen intends to announce another contest related to his upcoming book in the near future.

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, go to www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Cary Blogger Announces Humor Writing Contest

Write A Funny Guest Post and Win Dave Barry’s New Book.

Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen

April 6, 2011 (Cary, NC) —  Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, has announced a humor writing contest to celebrate the fact that his upcoming book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. The winner will receive a free copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“I am still in shock that I got an endorsement from Dave Barry. Almost every day my wife has to snap me out of my delirium with either cold water or electric paddles,” Cohen said. “I am holding the contest as a way to cope with this good fortune and to hopefully avoid further shock treatments.”

Cohen’s blog “Nothing In Particular: An Incomplete Waste of Time” (criscohen.typepad.com) entertains his readers with his wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects. The contest is offering others the chance to prove that they’re just as funny – or funnier – than Cohen. Most of the entries will be published on “Nothing In Particular,” but the guest blogger Cohen deems as the funniest of all will be announced on April 15 and will win a copy of Barry’s new book.

Cohen’s contest rules:

  • One entry per person (“even if you have multiple personalities”).
  • Limited to people in the US and Canada (“I can’t afford the cost of shipping to Yemen”).
  • Entry cannot be longer than 250 words
  • Email entry to cris.cohen1@gmail.com
  • The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook page on Friday, April 15, 2011
  • Content must be PG-rated.
  • “Have fun!”

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September. It will be a collection of Cohen’s columns from his years as a humor columnist for several newspapers in California and some new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Proceeds from sales will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

To learn more about the contest and Cris Cohen, go to http://criscohen.typepad.com. To learn more about the book visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, Michele, and Max moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.