Competition

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’:  …

I quit

19 November 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2974 you were invited to submit a resignation letter from God.   Despite mankind’s attempts to kill…

Missing person report

12 November 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2973 you were invited to give your thoughts, in verse or prose, on who the Person from…

Ode worthy

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2972 you were invited to supply an ode on a Grayson Perry urn. Frank McDonald wasn’t keen:…

Lines on the left

29 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2971 you were invited to submit poems written by Jeremy Corbyn. The seven printed below take £20…

Ig Nobel

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2970 you were invited to supply an extract from an Ig Nobel Prize-winner’s speech that describes the…

Autumnal

15 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2969 you were invited to submit a poem about autumn in the style of the poet of…

Creation story

8 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2968 you were-invited to take the title of a short story by Ted Hughes, How the Whale…

If

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2967 you were invited to submit an article written by the author of your choice under the…

Right-on rhymes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2966 you were invited to filter popular nursery rhymes through the prism of political correctness. Some years…

Selfie

17 September 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2965, an enormously popular one, you were invited to write a poem about a verse form, written…

No idea

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2964 you were invited to suggest a really bad idea for one, or several, of the following:…

North and South

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2963 you were invited to submit a poem about the North or the South or one comparing…

Body talk

27 August 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2962 you were invited to supply a poem about a body part of an author of your…