Competition

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…

Oh! What a horrible morning!

4 August 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2757 you were invited to introduce a note of unwelcome reality into a song from a musical.…

Scandicrime

28 July 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2756 you were invited to submit your contribution to the booming genre of Scandinavian crime fiction. Guidance…

Water works

21 July 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2755 you were invited to submit an ‘Ode to rain’. No doubt you saw this one coming,…

Competition: Political verse

14 July 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2754 you were invited to submit an example from the Selected Poems of a contemporary politician. Politician-poets…

Competition: Country music

7 July 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2753 you were invited to submit a new national anthem for Greece. The entry was split between…

Competition: Short story

30 June 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2752 you were invited to submit a short story ending with the phrase: ‘It is not all…

Competition: Fallen angels

23 June 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2751 you were invited to paint a portrait in verse of Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot. In…

Competition: Vice Verse

16 June 2012 6:00 am

In Competition No. 2750 you were invited to submit a poem in praise of one of the deadly sins. The…

Competition: Cooking the books

21 April 2012 2:00 pm

In Competition No. 2743 you were invited to submit a recipe as it might have been written by an author…

Competition: Eastertide

14 April 2012 2:00 pm

In Competition No. 2742 you were invited to take as your first line ‘Dear Lord the day of eggs is…

Competition: Town lines

7 April 2012 1:00 pm

In Competition No. 2741 you were invited to submit an extract from the libretto of an opera that pays homage…

Competition: Decalogue

31 March 2012 1:00 pm

In Competition No. 2740 you were invited to submit the ten work Commandments of the writer of your choice, living…

Competition: Second thoughts

24 March 2012 2:00 pm

In Competition No. 2739 you were invited to submit a poem lamenting an impulse buy on eBay. A hair from…