Competition

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…

Last words

29 September 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2765 you were invited to fill in the gap in ‘The Last —— on Earth’, and to…

2081: Four of each

22 September 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2764 you were invited to provide an example of a Spectator columnist stepping into a fellow columnist’s…

Patchwork poetry

15 September 2012 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2763 you were invited to submit a poem that is composed of lines taken from well-known poems,…

Sexed up

8 September 2012 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2762 you were invited to leap on to the latest literary bandwagon and submit an extract from…

Hotchpotch v. gallimaufry

1 September 2012 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2761 you were invited to provide an example of critics debating a trivial point in an absurd…

Sickly sweet

25 August 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2760 you were invited to submit an example of the kind of treacly inspirational poetry that adorns…

Second hand

18 August 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2759 you were invited to submit a well-known poem rewritten by another well-known poet. You were outstandingly…

Astrological

11 August 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2758 you were invited to submit a horoscope for Cancer or Leo written by a well-known literary…