Competition

Shakespearean sonnet

8 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3077 you were invited to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in…

Bad romance

1 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3076 you were invited to submit seriously misguided love poems. You seemed to embrace this task especially…

Trumpian verse

24 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3075 you were invited to submit poems by Donald Trump.  The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, which…

We’re scamming

17 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3074 you were invited to submit a scam letter ghostwritten by a well-known author, living or dead.…

Neo-gothic

10 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3073 you were invited to submit a short story in the Gothic style with a topical twist.…

Brief lives

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3072 you were invited to supply a short verse biography of a well-known figure from history.  …

Accentuate the negative

27 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3071 you were invited to supply a demotivational poem.   This was your opportunity to come up…

Mary, Mary…

20 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3070 you were invited to provide a poem with the title ‘When I Grow Up I Want…

Favouritism

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3069 you were invited to provide a spoof version of the song ‘My Favourite Things’ for the…

Back-to-front sonnet

6 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3068 you were invited to provide a sonnet in reverse, using as your model Rupert Brooke’s ‘Sonnet…

Holiday hell

29 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3067 you were invited to provide a tale of travel misery on behalf of a well-known traveller…

This sporting life

22 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3066 you were invited to submit an ode to a piece of sporting equipment. There is a…

All’s well that ends well

15 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3065 you were invited to supply a happy ending for a well-known play, poem or novel.  …

Living dangerously

8 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3064 you were invited to supply a newspaper leading article exposing the hitherto unsuspected corrupting influence of…

Pundemic

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3063 you were invited to submit a poem about puns containing puns.   Dryden regarded paronomasia as…

Where there’s a Will

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3062 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean-style soliloquy that a contemporary politician might have felt moved…

The appliance of science

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3061 you were invited to imagine a well-known author who doesn’t normally write in the genre having…

A new Jerusalem

11 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3060 you were invited to provide an updated version of ‘Jerusalem’ starting with the words ‘And did…

That’s chemistry

4 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3059 you were invited to supply a poem inspired by the periodic table. The writer and chemist…

Tourist misinformation

28 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3058 you were invited to supply snippets of mischievously/sadistically misleading advice for foreign tourists visiting Britain, or…

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,…