Competition

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…

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…