Competition

A bad lot

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2999 you were invited to supply a poem which takes as its first line W.S. Gilbert’s ‘A policeman’s…

Lost in translation

20 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2998 you were invited to submit a set of instructions for an everyday device that have been…

Global mourning

13 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2997 you were invited to submit an obituary for planet Earth.   It was a smallish but…

Acrostic spectator

6 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2996 you were invited to submit an acrostic sonnet in which the first letters of each line…

Ribaldry

29 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2995 you were invited to submit ribald limericks as they might have been written by a well-known…

Cross lines

22 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2994 you were invited to submit a letter of complaint from a fictional character to his, hers…

Dear John

15 April 2017 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2992 you were invited to submit a Dear John letter, in prose or verse, in the style…

Answering back

8 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2991 you were invited to submit ‘The Rime of the Wedding Guest’.   There were, naturally, lots…

These foolish things

1 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2991 you were invited to submit an April Fool disguised as a serious news feature that contains…

A to P

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2990 you were invited to submit a poem of 16 lines in which the lines begin with…

Gettysburg revisited

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2989 you were invited to submit a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been…

Mark making

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2988 you were invited to compose a poem making the case for a national commemoration day for…

The art of loving

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2987 you were invited to supply a lesson in the art of seduction in the style of…

You’re toast

25 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2986 you were invited to submit a poem about a deadly foodstuff.   My inspiration for this…

Trigger point

18 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2985 you were invited to provide a poetic preview of the day Article 50 is triggered.  …

Hey, Mr Tangerine Man

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2984 you were invited to follow in the footsteps of Green Day and Moby and provide Donald…

Creature discomfort

4 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2983, an assignment inspired by W.W. Jacobs’s macabre mini masterpiece ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, you were invited to…

Seasick

28 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2982 you were invited to recast John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever’ in light of the news that the…

Fashion statement

21 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2981 you were invited to submit a poem about a politician and an item of clothing.  …

Comic effect

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2980 you were invited to submit an extract from a politician’s speech ghostwritten by a well-known comedian.…

Take five

7 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2979 you were invited to supply your contribution to a series of parodies of Enid Blyton’s Famous…

Empty words

31 December 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2977 you were invited to submit a selection of meaningless, pseudo-profound statements. Bullshit was defined in a…

Let’s twist

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2977 you were invited to submit a Christmas carol with a topical twist. ‘In the bleak midwinter’…

The long view

3 December 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2976 you were invited to submit an extract of a speech in which a well-known figure from…

Changing fashions

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2975 you were invited to supply your own nine-line twist on Robert Herrick’s ‘Upon Julia’s clothes’:  …