Competition

Brown studies

18 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3024 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of Dan Brown. This comp,…

Mixing it

11 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3023 you were invited to submit cringeworthy portmanteau words. The word portmanteau was first used in this…

A poem for Boris

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3022 you were invited to compose a safe poem that Boris Johnson could have on hand to…

Northern frights

28 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3021 you were invited to compose terrifying lullabies. Lorca wondered why ‘Spain reserved the most potent songs…

Marriage guidance

21 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3020 you were invited to submit the formula for a successful marriage courtesy of a well-known husband…

Officially amazing

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3019 you were invited to submit a limerick describing a feat worthy of inclusion in Guinness World…

Get a life

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3018 you were invited to take your lead from Meik Wiking — CEO at the Happiness Research…

On the house

30 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3017 you were invited to submit a sonnet containing household tips.   You were on sparkling form…

Diary stories

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3016 you were invited to submit an extract from the diary of the spouse of a high-profile…

Watching the clock

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3015 you were invited to submit a poem about Big Ben’s bongs.   The decision to remove…

From me to you

9 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3014 you were invited to submit a love poem written by one contemporary politician to another.  …

Flavour of the month

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3013 you were invited to submit a poem in praise or dispraise of August.   There was…

Reprogramming

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3012 you were invited to change a letter in the title of a well-known play and submit…

Bowing and scraping

19 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3011 you were invited to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a…

Monster mash-up

12 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3010, a nod to the late, great George Romero, you were invited to provide an extract from…

Quotidian

5 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3009 you were invited to submit a poem about a domestic object.   I set this challenge…

New beginnings

29 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3008 you were invited to take the last line of a well-known novel and make it the…

Cat call

22 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3007 you were invited to submit a poem about Larry, the Downing Street cat. Larry came to…

Laughing matter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3006 you were invited to submit a sonnet that takes as its opening line Keats’s ‘Why did…

Brought to book

8 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3005 you were invited to take your inspiration from Anthony Lane’s terrific ‘The Book of Jeremy Corbyn’,…

What Alice did next

1 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3004 you were invited to submit an extract from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Trumpland. As I was…

Political clerihew

24 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3003 you were invited to supply clerihews about contemporary politicians. In an enormous and excellent entry, popular…

Song for Europe

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3002 you were invited to provide lyrics to the European anthem.   The anthem has as its…

Health matters

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3001 you were invited to take inspiration from the recently published Walt Whitman’s Guide to Manly Health…

Question time

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3000 you were invited to provide an answer, in verse or prose, to a famous literary question…