Competition

Fabulous

14 September 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3115 you were invited to submit a fable for the 21st century, complete with moral. James Michie,…

Home delivery

7 September 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3114 you were invited to submit estate agents’ details in the style of a well-known author.  …

Initial impressions

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3113 you were invited to submit an acrostic poem about a politician in which the first letter…

The Brexiteers

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3112 you were invited to submit an extract from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Brexiteers.   The title…

Spanish eyes

17 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3111 you were invited to submit William Topaz McGonagall’s poetic response to Magaluf.   The Tayside Tragedian…

Redoing the hokey-cokey

10 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3110 you were invited to provide a version of the hokey-cokey filtered through the pen of a…

To bee or not to bee

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3109 you were invited to submit a short story entitled ‘The Last Bumble Bee’. The buff-tailed bumblebee,…

After Milton

27 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3108 you were invited to submit a sonnet with the following end rhymes: son, mire, fire, won,…

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…