Competition

A fine bromance

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3049 you were invited to submit a poem about a bromance.   Pairings including Friedrich and Karl,…

New word order

19 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3048 you were invited to take an existing word and alter it by a) adding a letter,…

Between the lines

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3047 you were invited to supply an imaginary testimonial for a high-profile figure that is superficially positive…

First and last

5 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3046 you were invited to supply a poem beginning with the last line of any well-known poem…

Mind your language

28 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3045 you were invited to provide a poem about euphemisms.   You avoided politics and sex (mostly),…

Let’s talk about sex

21 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3044 you were invited to provide a lesson in the facts of life courtesy of a well-known…

Poison pen

14 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3043 you were invited to provide a short story inspired by the Salisbury poisonings.   Ian McEwan,…

Carroll in La La Land

7 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3042, a challenge inspired by the American parodist Frank Jacobs’s 1975 version of ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘As If Lewis…

Creative spark

31 March 2018 8:00 am

In Competition No. 3041, to mark the centenary of the birth of Muriel Spark, you were invited to submit a…

Averse to verse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3040 you were invited to submit a poem against poets or poetry.   Plato started it, but…

Doing words

17 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3039, which was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s phenomenally successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love, you were invited to…

Six plus

10 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3038 you were invited to provide a (longer) sequel to the six-word story ‘For sale: baby shoes,…

A to B

3 March 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3037 you were invited to take a song by Abba or the Beatles and rewrite the lyrics…

On the way out

24 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3036 you were invited to provide a resignation letter in the style of a well-known author. I…

That lovin’ feeling

17 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3035 you were invited to provide a poem entitled ‘The Love Song of [insert name of a…

Occasional verse

10 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3034 you were invited to provide a poem written by a poet laureate present or past on…

Presidential patter

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3033 you were invited to take as your first line ‘I am the very model of a…

Documentary

27 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3032 you were invited to provide a poem about passports.   While the news that British passports…

Rude food

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3031 you were invited to provide a review by a restaurant critic that is tediously loaded with…

First thoughts

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3030 you were invited to provide a poem entitled ‘January’.   I mentioned William Carlos Williams, R.S.…

Best foot forward

6 January 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3029 you were invited to provide a new year’s resolution (or more than one) in verse.  …

Season’s greetings

16 December 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3028 you were invited to submit lines for a Christmas card courtesy of well-known poets. Poets moved…

Shipping lines

9 December 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3027 you were invited to submit a poem inspired by the Shipping Forecast.   Life-saver, lullaby, poetic…

Double dactylic

2 December 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3026 you were invited to submit topical double dactyls.   The double dactyl was dreamed up in…

Let us pray

25 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3025 you were invited to submit a Lord’s Prayer for the 21st century.   One of my…