No prizes for guessing that the runaway winner of the December Writer of the Month award was Uncle Bertie for his massively popular story 'Mike Tyson sex change operation 'a complete success', say surgeons'. After being reported as fact by various African media outlets, the story brought so many readers to NewsBiscuit that our state-of-the-art hamster wheel-powered server kept hitting the canvas under the barrage of hits. However, the knockout blow, which resulted in coverage on the BBC News wesbite, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and even a mention on Have I Got News For You, was Mike Tyson feeling the need to deny the claims and confirm that he is still a man. The achievement earns Uncle Bertie the title of Undisputed Welter-Weight Comedy Champion for December, a lifetime supply of NewsBiscuit mugs, and a closer-than-ringside seat at Tyson's comeback bout.
Congratulations also to others who made the December top five: rickwestwell for the sudden re-emergence of his old classic 'Composer arrested after debut performance of symphony for bassoon and naked dwarves', Long Distance Clara for 'One dead, two pregnant, five sacked in 'best ever office Christmas party'', Midfield Diamond for 'South Korea hit by new 'Dagenham Style' craze', and Textbook for a second consecutive top-five finish with 'U2 talk down mediocre new album'.
Thanks for all your contributions last year and please keep them coming in 2013. Our New Year's resolutions are to offend fewer trained pugilists and get a better server.