Years of experience in one night of humor.
Awarded annually, The Thurber Prize for American Humor is one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States. A first-round committee of national judges selects six to eight semi-finalists, and a second-round committee selects three top finalists to appear at the award show.
The Thurber Prize for American Humor is presented each year in James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. During this spectacular evening of humor, attendees are entertained with a host of hilarious surprises, including readings from the three finalists.
The show culminates with the announcement of the winner of The Thurber Prize for American Humor.
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Produced by Thurber House.
Founded in 1984, Thurber House is a nonprofit literary arts center, James Thurber museum, historic landmark, and gathering place for readers, writers, and artists of all ages.
We are based in the restored 1873 home of humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist James Thurber, widely considered one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century. Thurber House programs include author events featuring nationally bestselling authors and local authors, writing workshops for children and adults, writer residencies, and more.
Our museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the home Thurber and his family lived in from 1913–1917, while young Thurber was a student at The Ohio State University. The Thurber House museum opened in 1984 after extensive renovation led by Donn Vickers, Arthur Vorys, and Luke Feck.
We are proud to produce The Thurber Prize for American Humor alongside our sponsors and partners to honor the legacy of James Thurber by uplifting the artists of today.