How does the contest work?
People from around the world submit captions for the current cartoon. The captions automatically post on the caption contest page and in the Archives. Then everyone is invited to vote for their favorite caption.
After several weeks in the Archives, the person with the funniest caption is chosen the winner. Winning cartoons are then available for syndication with various print publications.
Do you have any captioning tips or suggestions?
Actually, I do have a few...
You sure can! Just click here for information.
Can I publish "The Joke's on You" on my site?
Yep...free! Just follow the instructions, here, and "The Joke's on You" will appear on your site automatically.
How often is a new cartoon posted?
The cartoon that is distributed to other web sites changes daily (Monday through Friday). The only exceptions are occasional holidays and when I take a much needed vacation. For the time being, cartoons for the caption contest are only posted once a week (on Sunday).
Is there a limit to the captions I can submit?
Yes...you are limited to 5 captions per person per cartoon.
Where are the caption submissions posted?
Each time a caption is submitted, it is automatically posted in the Archives.
Is every caption submission posted?
As long as the caption submission isn't obscene or malicious, I'll let it stay. I am a strong advocate of freedom of speech, and I avoid censorship whenever possible.
Why was my caption blocked from being posted?
It could be one of a couple of reasons. If your caption contains common profanity, the server will automatically reject your caption until you reword it. The server also rejects email addresses and website URL's to avoid spammers.
Can I vote for my favorite caption?
Yes. Just go to the Archives, and click on any of the toons displayed. Read the captions and decide which caption you like the best. Then cast your vote at the bottom of each page.
Can I vote for my own caption?
Sure. If you honestly think it's the funniest caption, you should vote for it.
Can I vote for more than one caption per cartoon?
Nope...only one vote per person per cartoon...sorry.
What if someone votes more than once?
Theoretically, anyone could vote for a specific caption several times. Even though voting more than once per cartoon is against the rules, it does happen sometimes. As a result, I reserve the right to make the final decision on the winning captions. Plus, it's easy to tell when someone is 'stuffing the ballot box' (so to speak). When that happens, I typically just disqualify that caption.
What do I win?
Your winning toon is posted in the Cartoon Vault for download and publication in various publications, as well as on hundreds of sites around the net.
How can I get "The Joke's on You" published in my local paper?
Just pick up the phone and give them a call. Speak to the 'Comics & Features' editor. Let them know that you would like them to publish 'The Joke's on You.' Tell them that they can find information at www.thefunnypages.com ...specifically here. Your local newspaper is very interested in what their readers want. If enough of their readers respectfully express their desire to have them publish our feature, they will respond.