Competition

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…

Read all about it

25 May 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2798 you were invited to choose one of the following real headlines from regional newspapers — ‘W.…

Do your worst

18 May 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2797 you were invited to  think of the worst possible title for a poem and then write…

Malade imaginaire

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2796 you were invited to submit a poem about a minor ailment written by a hypochondriac. Brian…

Palinode

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2795 you were invited to submit a palinode (a poem retracting a previously expressed opinion) on behalf…

On second thoughts

27 April 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2794 you were invited to give a helping hand to Sebastian Faulks, who will write the first-ever…

Chill factor

20 April 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2793 you were invited to submit a short story featuring an animal written in the style of…

Pen portrait

13 April 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2792 you were invited to submit a portrait, in verse, of one poet by another. Gerard Benson…

Another country

6 April 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2791 you were invited to provide a poem in praise of a country other than the United…

Johnsonian

30 March 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2790 you were invited to take inspiration from Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language of…