Competition

Net effect

21 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3057 you were invited to submit a short story entitled ‘The day the internet died’.   Phyllis…

Closed shop

14 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3056 you were invited to submit an elegy on the death of the High Street.   Your…

Question time

7 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3055 you were invited to take a well-known figure on the world stage, living or dead, and…

Double vision

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3054 you were invited to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about…

#MeToo lit

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3053, an assignment prompted by Anthony Horowitz’s reflections on creating female characters for his latest Bond novel,…

A sonnet on it

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3052 you were invited to supply a sonnet inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature. There…

Royal treatment

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3051 you were invited to supply an entry by a well-known diarist describing the wedding day of…

Self appraisal

2 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3050 you were invited to submit a school essay written by a well-known author, living or dead,…

A fine bromance

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3049 you were invited to submit a poem about a bromance.   Pairings including Friedrich and Karl,…

New word order

19 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3048 you were invited to take an existing word and alter it by a) adding a letter,…

Between the lines

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3047 you were invited to supply an imaginary testimonial for a high-profile figure that is superficially positive…

First and last

5 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3046 you were invited to supply a poem beginning with the last line of any well-known poem…

Mind your language

28 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3045 you were invited to provide a poem about euphemisms.   You avoided politics and sex (mostly),…

Let’s talk about sex

21 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3044 you were invited to provide a lesson in the facts of life courtesy of a well-known…

Poison pen

14 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3043 you were invited to provide a short story inspired by the Salisbury poisonings.   Ian McEwan,…

Carroll in La La Land

7 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3042, a challenge inspired by the American parodist Frank Jacobs’s 1975 version of ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘As If Lewis…

Creative spark

31 March 2018 8:00 am

In Competition No. 3041, to mark the centenary of the birth of Muriel Spark, you were invited to submit a…

Averse to verse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3040 you were invited to submit a poem against poets or poetry.   Plato started it, but…

Doing words

17 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3039, which was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s phenomenally successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love, you were invited to…

Six plus

10 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3038 you were invited to provide a (longer) sequel to the six-word story ‘For sale: baby shoes,…

A to B

3 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3037 you were invited to take a song by Abba or the Beatles and rewrite the lyrics…

On the way out

24 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3036 you were invited to provide a resignation letter in the style of a well-known author. I…

That lovin’ feeling

17 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3035 you were invited to provide a poem entitled ‘The Love Song of [insert name of a…

Occasional verse

10 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3034 you were invited to provide a poem written by a poet laureate present or past on…

Presidential patter

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3033 you were invited to take as your first line ‘I am the very model of a…