America's next top Ernest Hemingway

The annual Ernest Hemingway lookalike competition is happening in Key West, Fla. this weekend

By Katie McDonough
Published July 19, 2013 9:38PM (EDT)
     (via Sloppy Joe's)
(via Sloppy Joe's)

Once a year, sturdy, bearded men with a taste for adventure (or safari garb, at the very least) head to Key West, Fla., to fight to be the next... sturdy, bearded man who most closely resembles Ernest Hemingway.

The weekend-long festivities include a marlin tournament and, of course, a short story competition. The event culminates on Sunday, which would have been "Papa" Hemingway's 114th birthday.

So, if you were ever curious what a room full of Ernest Hemingway doppelgangers standing around in 82 percent humidity might look like, now you know.

It is "A Moveable Feast" -- for the eyes!

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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