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12/11/2013
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How To Win A Cartoon Caption Contest (Tech Version)

Take home the gold in our brand new cartoon caption contest by following these simple rules: Be funnier and enter more.

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12/17/2013 | 3:44:43 PM
How to win a cartoon caption contest
We've got a record-breaking number of entries in our cartoon caption contest. (True it is our first one!) But there is still time to submit yours! If you'd rather just share in the fun, read the entries and vote for your favorite. We will be selecting a winner January 5.
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12/11/2013 | 12:04:41 PM
How to Lose a Cartoon Caption Contest
In case you're wondering how NOT to write a caption, you can you can take comfort from the likes of comedian Zach Galifianakis and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who have repeatedly tried and failed to win the New Yorker cartoon caption competition, according to The Wall Street Journal .

The Journal also offers a quantitative analysis by consumer psychologist Peter McGraw and cognitive scientist Phil Fernbach on the formula for winning captions: 

Among the findings: captions that use words that are uncommon in other entries were more likely to make the shortlist, as were captions that didn't refer to concrete elements in the cartoon. Other rules of thumb: avoid exclamation points and keep entries short.


Let the competition begin!

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