Gene Perret, one of the nation’s top comedy writers, will judge the Boulder Writers’ Workshop “Make Me Laugh” Writing Contest.

The top ten winners and finalists for the contest will be invited to read their work at a special BWW event in late October in Boulder, Colorado, date and place to be announced.  Colorado contest winners will be eligible to have their works published in the Flatirons Literary Review, the BWW literary magazine. The top three winners will receive comments by Perret and the top ten winners will receive comments by Lori DeBoer, BWW director. Prizes being awarded are:  $100, first place; $75, second place and $50, third place.

The deadline for the contest is Saturday, September 21, 2013, and the entry fee is $10. Entries will only be accepted through our online submission form. To read the full rules and enter the contest, please visit

Perret has been a comedy writer since the early 1960s, working for comedians such as Slappy White and Phyllis Diller. He’s been a television comedy writer and producer since 1968. Perret has earned seven Emmy nominations, including one for original music, and two Writer’s Guild Award nominations. He has captured three Emmy awards and one Writer’s Guild Award as part of the Carol Burnett Show writing staff.  Perret produced “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Three’s Company,” and “The Tim Conway Show.” Perret also worked on Bob Hope’s writing staff for 28 years, from 1969 until the comic’s retirement, spending many of those years as Hope’s head writer. During that time, Perret wrote for all of Bob’s personal appearances and TV Specials. Traveling with the Bob Hope troupe to the war zones of Beirut, the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and on a peacetime military jaunt around the world that featured stops at the Berlin Wall and in Moscow. Perret’s many books on writing include The New Comedy Writing Step by Step and Write Your Book Now!  For more information, visit

“The Boulder Writers’ Workshop is pleased to be able to partner with Gene Perret, who is one of the most successful comedy writers in the United States,” says Lori DeBoer, Boulder Writers Workshop Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for not only our members, but the larger writing community.”

Founded in 2008 by Lori DeBoer, The Boulder Writers’ Workshop serves writers of all genres and abilities with high-quality, structured networking, marketing and learning opportunities.  The Boulder Writers’ Workshop was named a Colorado literary hot spot by Poets & Writers’ Magazine. It also was featured in The Daily Camera and CBS Denver.

For additional information, please contact Lori DeBoer at lori (at) lorideboer (dot) com.