Competition

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…

Act of contrition

20 August 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2961 you were invited to submit limericks that might have been written by Boris Johnson in an…

Summertime

13 August 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2960 you were invited to submit a poem on the theme of summer in which the last…

May day

6 August 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2959 you were invited to submit a poem on a political theme entitled ‘May day’. There was…

Heaven’s gate

30 July 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2958 you were invited to submit a conversation between St Peter and a well-known figure who is…

Lookist

23 July 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2957 you were invited to submit a poem with a title that is a twist on that…

Frightfest

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2956 you were invited to provide extracts from the unappealing-sounding programme of a festival that is making…

The colour purple

9 July 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2955 you were invited to supply a report on a Uefa Euro 2016 match written in the…

Come fry with me

2 July 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2954 you were invited to supply an ode to a greasy spoon, a challenge prompted by a…

Lovelier than a tree

25 June 2016 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2953 you were invited to supply a sonnet that has the name of a tree hidden in…

Nonsensical

18 June 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2952 you were invited to submit nonsense verse of up to 16 lines on the subject of…

Minus one

11 June 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2951 you were invited to remove a letter from a well-known book title and submit an extract…

The law is an ass

4 June 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2950 you were invited to propose a new and ludicrous piece of legislation along with a justification…

Drinking partner

28 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2949 you were invited to submit a poem about sharing a drink with a famous writer. I…

Wild thing

21 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2948 you were invited to step into the skin of a species of your choice and provide…

Olden but golden

14 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2947 you were asked to submit a poem in praise of old age. Old age gets a…

Post mortem

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2946 you were invited to supply a verse obituary of a well-known person who has died in…

Exit strategy

30 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2945 you were invited to suggest remarks guaranteed to get rid of a guest who is outstaying…

Much ado about nothing?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2944 you were invited to imagine what characters from Shakespeare’s plays would have made of this year’s…

Mismatch

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2943 you were invited to submit a review of a well-known work of literature that has been…

Gender reassignment

9 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2942 you were invited to submit a rhyme incorporating the lines ‘What are little girls made of?’…

Short story

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2941 you were invited to supply a short story entitled ‘Diary of a Superfluous Man’. Turgenev’s Tchulkaturin;…