The Writer Magazine (June 2022) By Melissa Hart

The Writer – June 2022

An Open Letter to Whoever Keeps Hacking My Grandma's Facebook.”

Fact About Toddlers or Fact About Tornadoes.”

All the Flights are Canceled, In­cluding the One You're Currently On.”

These are some of the titles you'll find on the website for Points in Case, a daily digital humor publication found­ed by editor-in-chief and comedian/producer Court Sullivan. Fellow co­median James Folta is managing editor; together, they publish smart concept writing, entertaining literary humor, funny essays and articles, lists, and humorous one-liners. “We want things that are really, really funny,” Folta says.

“That's our raison d'etre.”

Tone, editorial content

The Writer Magazine (June 2022) - Points in Case Literary Spotlight - Page 1Save your satirical news stories for The Onion and similar publications. “We're less interested in quick-twitch, fast-response, newsy, topical stuff,” Folta says. “We want to be a place that runs more evergreen stuff that's even weirder and funnier.” He notes that a humorous submission to Points in Case can take many forms. “It can be a straightfor­ward essay or a monologue from a character or a parody of a specific style of writing,” he says. “It can be a list or comparison piece or a quiz.”

He and Sullivan are particularly in­terested in writers who make use of unexpected formats. As an example, he points to Emily Knapp's “Auto Re­ply: OUT OF OFFICE: For the Rest of Eternity” (Feb. 18, 2022). “It's really fun, just a series of automatic replies,” Folta explains. The writer gets into the extreme reasons why this person won't be returning back to the office ever, and it gets more and more absurd.”

He and Sullivan also appreciate fre­quent contributor Allie Rubin's “An Encyclopedia of Uncles” (Feb. 18, 2022), which offers made-up defini­tions of different types of uncles (i.e., the “Funkle: An uncle who loves fun” and the “Runcle: An uncle who loves to run. Even when he's sleeping, the runcle runs”).

“It was a really fun format with very fun words and very quick, succinct defi­nitions,” Folta says. “We look for pieces like this with an inventive structure so that we can give our audience a variety of reading experiences.”


The Writer Magazine (June 2022) - Points in Case Literary Spotlight - Page 2Both emerging and professional writ­ers are welcome to submit work to Points in Case. Frequent contributor and actor Simon Henriques contributed “You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover, Because They All Just Have the Same Colorful Blobs These Days” (Feb. 24, 2022), a response to the trend of book covers illustrated with colorful amor­phous shapes.

Editors also published Lucas Gard­ner's piece “Well, Gang, We Completely Failed to Save the Rec Center” (Jan. 24, 2022). “It's riffing on the tropes of a feel­-good movie with an expected ending in which the kid saves the day… only in Lucas's piece, that doesn't happen,” Folta explains. In the piece, Garner writes:

I am only just now realizing that “Come watch an ado­lescent rock band that was formed three days ago play live for the first time in a very small recreation center” is a hard sell. Not a lot of people came and we only charged $2.00 for tickets. In hindsight, we would've had to sell 10 mil­lion tickets in order to save the Youth Center.

Folta and Sullivan admire writ­ing by frequent contributor Lillie Franks — most recently a piece called “That There's Oil. Texas Tea. Econ­omy Slime. Hot Rockolate” (Oct. 7, 2022). “It's a monologue from some­body who is using all the euphemisms imaginable for oil, this character who's kind of a down-home oil baron type who has an infinite supply of ways to describe and name oil,” Folta says. “It's just so simple, and it's so silly.”

He and Sullivan are excited to pub­lish Alex Griffiths' piece titled “Net­work Notes for the Upcoming Frasier Reboot” (May 18, 2022), writ­ten as a series of short notes from a net­work executive talking about details in the 2022 version of the hit TV comedy that ran from 1993 to 2004.

“Alex is making up things that are happening in this show and then re­sponding to them through the voice of a Paramount executive, which is a re­ally fun format,” Folta says. “It lets the writer play with the tropes of a network executive, which become judgments of what's happening in the show. Alex plays with that tension really nicely; it's a smart, fun piece.”

Advice for potential contributors

Send your best proofread and polished work via Submittable at Folta and Sullivan urge writers to grab their attention with a compelling title that gives them a sense of both the story topic and the comedy that informs it. “We look for strong titles that give us a sense of your premise and the joke,” Folta says. “Do you have a sexy enough title that's go­ing to pull someone off of Facebook or Twitter and over to our site to read your work?” Getting good at titles, he adds, is an invaluable skill for all writers.

He and his editors are open to ev­erything from a l0-word joke to an 800-word humorous article on any topic and written in any format. They encourage writers to think out of the box for their website… just make sure the piece is really, really funny.