On September 30th at 8pm at the Canal Room in Manhattan, 826NYC presents the SPELLING BEAST, a most EXIGENT, OBSTREPEROUS Spelling Bee, where you and your team mates will have the opportunity to win PORTENTOUS and BEGUILING prizes while also supporting the free student writing programs of 826NYC.

A panel of RECALCITRANT judges, made up of the creators of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, will challenge you and your fellow competitors, including Michael Chabon (Gentlement of the Road), Catherine Keener (Please Give), Dave Eggers (Zeitoun), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), and Ira Glass (This American Life), to spell the most VEXATIOUS words ever to make it into the English language. Your only chance of winning? Bribe, or, should we say, “Bee-ribe,” the judges.

Want to learn more and sign up to compete?

Register here.

Too PUSILLANIMOUS to compete, but want to watch or come support a speller, purchase $25 observer tickets here.