Competition

That way madness lies

20 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3094 you were invited to submit a ‘Sonnet Found in a Deserted Mad House’. G.K. Chesterton once…

Write of passage

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3093 you were invited to submit an extract from a novel that chronicles the adult life of…

Spring villanelle

6 April 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3092 you were invited to submit a spring villanelle. The villanelle lends itself to themes of loss…

Cringe benefits

30 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3091 you were invited to submit toe-curlingly bad analogies. This is an idea shamelessly pinched from the…

The big reveal

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3090 you were invited to submit a recently discovered lost poem by a well-known poet that makes…

Climate change

14 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3089 you were invited to put your own spin on a weather forecast.   The seed for…

Political noir

9 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3088 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of hard-boiled crime fiction set…

Haikick

2 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3087 you were invited to submit haikicks. We already have short-form hybrids such as the clerihaiku (here’s…

Writer’s block

23 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3086 you were invited to submit a poem about the difficulty of writing a poem.   In…

What’s not to love

16 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3085 you were invited to submit a poem in dispraise of Valentine’s Day. The day is said…

Breaking up is hard to do

9 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3084 you were invited to submit a poem entitled ‘Breaking up is hard to do’.   From…

Tweet beginnings

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3083 you were invited to submit a poem or a short story that begins ‘It started with…

Happy talk

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3082 you were invited to write a poem taking as your first line ‘Happy the man, and…

Unauthorised version

19 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3081 you were invited to supply a parable rewritten in the style of a well-known author. Like…

The ex factor

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3080 you were invited to supply an elegy on a piece of obsolete technology. Thanks to Paul…

Out with the auld

5 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3079 you were invited to supply a new anthem to welcome 2019, starting with the first line…

O come let us adore zhim

15 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3078 you were invited to submit a politically correct Christmas carol.   One of Donald Trump’s election…

Shakespearean sonnet

8 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3077 you were invited to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in…

Bad romance

1 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3076 you were invited to submit seriously misguided love poems. You seemed to embrace this task especially…

Trumpian verse

24 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3075 you were invited to submit poems by Donald Trump.  The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, which…

We’re scamming

17 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3074 you were invited to submit a scam letter ghostwritten by a well-known author, living or dead.…

Neo-gothic

10 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3073 you were invited to submit a short story in the Gothic style with a topical twist.…

Brief lives

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3072 you were invited to supply a short verse biography of a well-known figure from history.  …

Accentuate the negative

27 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3071 you were invited to supply a demotivational poem.   This was your opportunity to come up…

Mary, Mary…

20 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3070 you were invited to provide a poem with the title ‘When I Grow Up I Want…