Competition

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…

That’s life

23 March 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2789 you were invited to supply the facts of life as explained by a well-known figure from…

It’s all relative

16 March 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2788 you were invited to submit a poem about a relative. A popular one, this, and long…

Ghostwritten

9 March 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2787 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by the ghost of Richard III reflecting…

Voyagers

2 March 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2786 you were invited to submit a feature for a travel supplement as it might have been…

Love rules

23 February 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2785 you were invited to submit poetic advice on how to woo a member of either sex.…

Come, friendly bombs

16 February 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2784 you were invited to  rewrite John Betjeman’s poem ‘Slough’, substituting the target of your choice. The…

Short story

9 February 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2783 you were invited to submit a short story entitled ‘Death of a Ladies’ Man’. The title…

Supersize me

2 February 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2782 you were invited to submit a poem in praise of fatness. Thanks to John Whitworth for…

Return to sender

26 January 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2781 you were invited to devise a riposte to a nauseating Christmas round-robin letter that would deter…

Fabulous

19 January 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2780 you were invited to write, in the spirit of Aesop or La Fontaine, a rhymed fable…

Answering back

12 January 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2779 you were invited to submit Maud’s reply to Tennyson. It was Joyce Grenfell’s magnificently ball-breaking riposte…

Past regrets

5 January 2013 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2778 you were invited to express your regret, in verse, for New Year’s resolutions not kept. The…

Excuse me

29 December 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2777 you were invited to take inspiration from pupils at a Cambridge school who may escape punishment…

What the donkey saw

15 December 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2776 you were invited to supply a poem reflecting on the Nativity written from the point of…

Ashes to ashes

8 December 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2775 you were invited to submit an elegy on the death of the ash. A bleak topic…

Remaking history

1 December 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2774 you were invited to supply an extract from the diary of a well-known historical figure that…

Rhyme time

24 November 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2773 you were invited to submit a poem entitled ‘On First Looking into a Rhyming Dictionary’. That…

Culinary comparison

17 November 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2772 you were invited to liken a well-known figure, living or dead, to a foodstuff. This challenge…

Hocus pocus

10 November 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2771 you were invited to provide a rhymed witch’s spell to bring someone or something either good…

Masque of Art

3 November 2012 9:00 am

In Competition 2770 you were invited to submit a response, in the style of Alexander Pope, to the recently announced…

What happened next

27 October 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2769 you were invited to supply the first paragraph/s of the imaginary sequel to a well-known novel.…

Matchmaking

20 October 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2768 you were invited to  supply the profile for an online dating site of a Shakespearean character.…

Parting shot

13 October 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2767 you were invited to imagine what the ‘famous last words’ of any well-known real or fictional…

Taking fright

6 October 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2766 you were invited to submit a poem about a phobia. John Samson’s account of what strikes…