Enter The New Yorker's cartoon caption contest by visiting the contest section of the site and registering for an account with the publication, as of 2015. The entry needs to include a caption of 250 words or less, while the registration requires the entrant's name, email address and mailing address.
Each week The New Yorker holds a contest that allows users to come up with a caption to a satirical comic, which may appear in the print version of the publication or on the publication's website. To enter the contest, the entrant needs to create an account with the publication, which allows the entry to be tracked and ensures that The New Yorker is able to contact the winner. If an entrant already has an account with the publication, she may log into this account before submitting the caption.
Every contest includes a different illustration, which encourages uniqueness and new perspectives amongst the entrants. Once the submission deadline passes, a member or members of the publication's editorial staff pick three finalists. Of these finalists, readers and site users vote on one single winner. That winner receives a signed copy of the illustration that includes the winning caption, which has an approximate value of $250.