Competition

Pet project

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2823 you were invited to submit a school essay or poem written at the age of eight by…

Shakespeare does Dallas

9 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2822 you were invited to submit an extract from a scene from a contemporary soap opera (television or…

Georgic

2 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2821 you were invited to supply a poem that provides instruction or useful information. This challenge was, of…

Postscript

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2820 you were invited to supply a postscript to any well-known novel.   This challenge was suggested by…

Buttoned up or open neck?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2819 you were invited to write a poem either in free verse mocking rhymed, metrical verse or in…

Literary merger

12 October 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2818 you were asked to merge two literary classics and provide a synopsis of the new title. You…

Proverbial wisdom?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2817 you were asked to provide a poem, in the manner of Harry Graham’s Perverted Proverbs, questioning the…

Let’s twist

28 September 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2816 you were invited to submit a short story with an ingenious twist at the end. I was…

Winner: "Psychopaths of Glory — Unlocking the Bastard Within

21 September 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2815 you were invited to contribute to the booming genre of self-help by proposing a new title guaranteed…

Genesis

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2814 you were invited to describe how a great writer stumbled upon an idea that he or she…

Poetic pitch

7 September 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2813 you were invited to submit an application in verse, from the poet of your choice, for the…

Bookish

31 August 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2812 you were invited to provide a poem celebrating bookshops. Space is tight, which leaves room only…

New word order

24 August 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2811 you were invited to take an existing word and alter it by a) adding a letter; b)…

Light touch

17 August 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2810 you were invited to write a light-hearted poem about a serious subject. I suggested you take a…

Pretentious, moi?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2809 you were invited to submit a letter liberally sprinkled with evidence of an imperfect grasp of foreign…

The new black

3 August 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2808 you were invited to invent a new addition to the genre that already includes Tartan Noir and…

Hatchet job

27 July 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2807 you were invited to submit a hatchet job by a well-known author of your choice on a…

Last word

20 July 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2806 you were invited to submit alternative endings for well-known novels or poems.  A Farewell to Arms, The…

Cringeworthy

13 July 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2805 you were invited to submit toe-curlingly bad analogies. Congratulations! You obliged with a stream of analogies glorious…

Rhyme time

6 July 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2804 you were invited to supply a poem containing as many ingenious rhymes as possible. Ogden Nash, one…

Lost

29 June 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2803 you were invited to supply a nostalgic poem about a product that is no longer available. I…

Chain reaction

22 June 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2802 you were invited to supply a poem on the subject of your choice in which the final…

Show time

15 June 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2801 you were invited to rewrite, in pompous and prolix style, any well-known simple poem.   Space is…

#SuchTweetSorrow - Spectator competition winners summarise 12 literary greats - in a Tweet

8 June 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2800 you were invited to reconstitute a well-known work of literature as a tweet, i.e., text of up…

Olfactory

1 June 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2799 you were invited to submit a poem about smells. Edward Thomas’s wonderfully evocative poem ‘Digging’ inspired…