Competition

When two becomes one

20 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3107 you were invited to provide an extract that is a mash-up of two well-known works of…

Twister

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3106 you were invited to submit a poem with an ingenious twist at the end. This challenge,…

Belles of the ball

6 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3105 you were ­invited to submit a fragment of commentary on the Women’s World Cup delivered by…

Take three

29 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3104 you were invited to encapsulate the life story of a well-known person, living or dead, in…

Talking heads

22 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3103 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by one of the contenders for the…

Fan mail

15 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3102 you were invited to submit a fan letter from one well-known person from the field of…

New ‘New Colossus’

8 June 2019 8:00 am

In Competition No. 3101 you were invited to compose a contemporary take on ‘The New Colossus’, the 1883 sonnet by…

Life support

1 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition 3100 you were invited to pen an ode to Alexa or Siri. A recent Unesco study claimed that…

Animal magic

25 May 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3099 you were invited to dream up an imaginary animal that is a hybrid of two existing…

Verse and reverse

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3098 you were invited to submit a poem that can be read forwards and backwards, i.e. from…

The full English

11 May 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3097 you were invited to submit a poem about Englishness in the style of a well-known poet.…

Cheesy feat

4 May 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3096 you were invited to submit a short story that ends ‘I feel like a half-eaten gorgonzola.’…

Praise be

27 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3095 you were invited to submit an elegy by a poet on another poet.   The prompt…

That way madness lies

20 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3094 you were invited to submit a ‘Sonnet Found in a Deserted Mad House’. G.K. Chesterton once…

Write of passage

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3093 you were invited to submit an extract from a novel that chronicles the adult life of…

Spring villanelle

6 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3092 you were invited to submit a spring villanelle. The villanelle lends itself to themes of loss…

Cringe benefits

30 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3091 you were invited to submit toe-curlingly bad analogies. This is an idea shamelessly pinched from the…

The big reveal

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3090 you were invited to submit a recently discovered lost poem by a well-known poet that makes…

Climate change

14 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3089 you were invited to put your own spin on a weather forecast.   The seed for…

Political noir

9 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3088 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of hard-boiled crime fiction set…

Haikick

2 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3087 you were invited to submit haikicks. We already have short-form hybrids such as the clerihaiku (here’s…

Writer’s block

23 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3086 you were invited to submit a poem about the difficulty of writing a poem.   In…

What’s not to love

16 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3085 you were invited to submit a poem in dispraise of Valentine’s Day. The day is said…

Breaking up is hard to do

9 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3084 you were invited to submit a poem entitled ‘Breaking up is hard to do’.   From…

Tweet beginnings

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3083 you were invited to submit a poem or a short story that begins ‘It started with…