Competition

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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…

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…