Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 21


“It's addressed to the tree.” (by Matt)

My original caption: “Congratulations! Your name has been chosen from a select list of desert island castaways . . . ”

Congrats, Matt. You have joined a small select group — you are officially one of the funniest people around.

There were loads of great captions submitted and I had a difficult time choosing a winner. Here are a few of the “honorable mentions”:

“This is a reminder that your taxes must be paid by the end of the week.” (by Jonathan)

“We've been evicted.” (by John Platt)

“Dear Occupant . . . ” (by John Platt)

“The New York State Lottery is now 10 million dollars.” (by Douglas)

“It's from a Nigerian government official informing us he has millions of dollars to transfer to us.” (by Cary Antebi)

“It looks like we're marooned and doomed . . . it's our note that we sent out two years ago!!!!” (by Dom Mancino)

“You owe $123.50 in library fines on 'Sailing Around the World for Dummies'.” (by Kelasher)

And now a few words about the captions mentioning “Eli” or “Cary”. Inside jokes are always fun and many of the “inside” captions got a laugh out of me. But I'd like you all to understand that I'm judging the contest on one basis only: the commercial viability of the caption in the actual marketplace. I'm putting myself in the position of a magazine Cartoon Editor and asking myself, “Which caption/cartoon would I choose to buy and then put into my publication to entertain my very discriminating readers?” Using that standard, obviously no “inside” caption could ever be considered for top honors. That being said, please keep all those captions coming — I hope you're having as much fun with the contest as I am.

Next topic — did any of you happen to catch last week's New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest (that would be the issue dated April 18, 2011)? One of the three captions selected for a final vote was submitted by “Roger Ebert, Chicago, Ill.” Wow, that's impressive. I think The New Yorker chose his caption and dropped his name in there just to get me jealous — and they succeeded! C'mon, Roger, how about entering THIS contest? Unlike The New Yorker, we are truly international in scope — we even accept entries from Quebec!

Speaking of celebrity contestants, I happen to know that one of OUR regular caption contributors has made the “final three” several times in The New Yorker contest, using various assumed names. Way to go! Hope you win the top prize soon! (Don't worry, I will never blow your cover).

Caption Contest No. 22 will be coming up shortly.


  1. HA, nice caption, Keaton, but

    HA, nice caption, Keaton, but you know it’s about six and a half years too late. We’ll be posting the start of Contest No. 128 in a couple of weeks. Eli.


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