Prove Your Comedy Chops with Moment’s Cartoon Caption Contest

Welcome to the Moment Magazine Cartoon Caption Contest, founded with the help of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Ben Schwartz.

Do you have a way with words and humor? If so, look at the cartoon below and send us a caption—or two or three! Plus scroll down to vote for your favorite caption. It’s free and fun!

Winners may claim a free Moment subscription for a friend of family member. Contest open to U.S. residents 18 and above.

Plus: Read interviews with some of our most prolific caption contest contributors here.

Submit a caption for this cartoon by February 28 by writing it in as a comment at the bottom of this page!

Vote for your favorite caption by filling out the form immediately below!

“NUN for your life!”
— Brendan Powers, Cottondale, AL

“… and we thought Christmas had gotten out of control!”
—Cheryl Waldman, Indianapolis, IN

“I told you to wait till it’s dry and ready!”
—Ian D.

Vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a free subscription to Moment to give to a friend. Any U.S. resident age 18 or older can enter.

Vote for your favorite caption

Chuckle at the November/December 2022 winning caption—and see who wrote it!


“I can copilot from back here.”
—Dale Stout, Colorado Springs, CO

How to Submit Your Caption(s)

Submit as a comment below by February 28,2023. Finalists will appear in the upcoming issue. To vote for the winner of the Winter 2023 contest (see finalists above), use the vote form.


49 thoughts on “Cartoon Caption Contest

  1. Marv Sager says:


    “I didn’t think this vacation in Israel would bring CHILLS throughout my body!”

  2. Marv Sager says:

    “The native people here sure dress formally!”

    1. Lee Lacewell says:

      That is a great caption!

      1. Marv Sager says:


        Thanks for your favorable critique. Your contributions to this blog are also appreciated!

  3. Marv Sager says:

    “According to my map, we are not in Kansas anymore!”

  4. Marv Sager says:

    “It reads, ‘If you like to fish & eat sushi, then you are in the right place!”‘

  5. Michael Lomazow says:

    “They want us to sign a non disclosure agreement.”

  6. Michael Lomazow says:

    “They insist that this is a nude only beach.”

  7. Lee Lacewell says:


    “It says to be on the lookout for a missing penguin. He’s described as 18 inches in height and black and white in color.”

  8. Michael Lomazow says:

    “We’ve been subpoenaed by these process servers.”°

  9. Michael Lomazow says:

    “The guidebook says they beg for beach umbrellas.”

  10. Lee Lacewell says:


    “It says, ‘Penguins show their dark side when approached from the rear’.”

  11. Lee Lacewell says:


    “It says, don’t tell the penguins that sushi taste better when fried in butter.”

  12. Marv Sager says:

    “For our trip insurance, we should have added coverage for SNOW STORMS & BLIZZARDS!”

  13. Marv Sager says:

    “It does state that PROPER BEACH ATTIRE is required at all times!”

  14. Lee Lacewell says:


    “This is the ‘Island Welcoming/ Beautification Committee.’ They welcome us, but they are issuing us fashion citations for improper attire.”

  15. Lee Lacewell says:

    “This travel guide doesn’t even mention a formal dress code.”

  16. Rich Wolf says:

    “I don’t know Morty, maybe these are Florida penguins.”

  17. Rich Wolf says:

    “Do you feel a little chill in the air?”

  18. Rich Wolf says:

    “I wanted to go south for the winter, not winter in the south!”

  19. Marv Sager says:

    “There is a financial advisor available to help us turn our FROZEN ASSETS into PRIME LIQUID REAL ESTATE!”

  20. Lee Lacewell says:

    Congratulations to you on your high flying caption win.

    Does anyone know where Gerald has disappeared to?


  21. Marv Sager says:

    “Bubbe always claimed you were FRIGID!”

  22. Marv Sager says:

    “Isn’t this a crazy statement? ‘Always warm your genital area before relieving yourself!”‘

  23. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “They say they need four more for a minyan.”

  24. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Are we in the right century? Those penguins keep singing for us to smoke Kool’s.”

  25. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Somehow I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

  26. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “.One of them keeps bragging ab0ut how his great great great great grandfather almost defeated Batman in one ot their encounters in the comic book in the fifties.”

  27. Marv Sager says:

    “Before we BREAK BREAD, we need to BREAK ICE with these strange people!”

  28. Marv Sager says:

    “Vladimir Putin now says we are in RUSSIAN TERRITORY!”

  29. Lee Lacewell says:

    “They say they will accept ten pounds of any small live fish in exchange for their time share.”

  30. Marv Sager says:

    “The members of your welcoming committee are named:
    (1) Icicle
    (2) Popsicle
    (3) Frosty
    (4) Freezie
    (5) Numbness
    (6) Chilly
    They will provide you with WARM GREETINGS!”

  31. Michael Lomazow says:

    “The translator says they just told us to get lost.”

  32. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Their boss, Penguin Ed, sent them to sell us protection insurance!”

  33. Marv Sager says:

    “The Winter Olympics have FROZEN OUT this potential location in 2024!”

  34. Lee Lacewell says:

    “One of them is black and white, waddles when he walks and he’s missing.”

  35. Marv Sager says:

    “It says FAT HEADS should eat more BLUBBER!”

  36. Michael Lomazow says:

    “They want us to make sure that the newspapers print the following;Local penguin heroes rescue lost tourists.”

  37. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I won’t be able to go with you into that very fancy restaurant tonight if I don’t have a tuxedo on. Do you think one of these little guys can tell us where he got his?”

  38. Marv Sager says:

    “A pirate woman with a BIG CHEST was buried near here, but her FAMILY JEWELS have long since disappeared!”

  39. Michael Lomazow says:

    “We could invite them for dinner at the hotel but I’m sure I saw a sign that said shoes were mandatory in the dining rooms.”

  40. Michael Lomazow says:

    “If they are Jewish,we may be able to finally find a husband for our daughters.”

  41. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Don’t refer to them as poor little fellas again; I heard their family owns Penguin Random House Publishing.”

  42. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “We’re all here to celebrate the birthday of our favorite Aunt Arctica.”

  43. Marv Sager says:

    “It says, ‘Because of CLIMATE CHANGE, the temperatures will become COLDER!”‘

  44. “Water is nice, great cooling system, but Florida it is not.” — Adrian Storisteanu, Toronto (who is verifiably human everywhere but this webpage)

  45. Marv Sager says:

    “Did I mention that you are turning blue? Have you been taking VIAGRA?”

  46. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I guess I’m just not a Penguin person.”

  47. Marv Sager says:

    “If I had a COLD HEART, then I could have run for Congress like George Santos and vacationed in Washington, D.C.!”

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