Competition

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;…

Seuss talk

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2940 you were invited to supply Dr Seuss’s take on the US presidential race. Given his taste…

Preposterous pet

19 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2939 you were invited to submit a poem about a famous person and an unlikely pet. There’s…

Gray matter

12 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2938, to mark the tercentenary of Thomas Gray’s birth, you were invited to submit an ‘Elegy on…

For their eyes only

5 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2937 you were invited to submit extracts from the diaries of the famous that their writers did…

Country music

27 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2936 you were invited to propose lyrics for a new British national anthem. Tom Shakespeare recently suggested…

Valentine’s triolet

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2935 you were invited to submit a Valentine’s triolet. A famous example of the triolet is Frances…

Now we are rich

13 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2934 you were invited to submit a poem suitable for inclusion in Now We are Rich. You…

Woe is me

6 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2933 you were invited to submit a blurb for a misery memoir. Thanks to Tom Dulake for…

Doublespeak

30 January 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2932 you were invited to submit up to 16 lines of verse that are the fruit of…

Going mental

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2931 you were invited to submit a psychiatric report on a well-known figure in literature. Shakespearean characters…

Macaronic

16 January 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2930 you were invited to submit up to 16 lines of macaronic verse. A dictionary of poetic…

Nostradamus

9 January 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2929 you were invited to submit an acrostic poem containing some predictions for the next decade, in…

No thanks

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2928 you were invited to submit a thank-you letter for a particularly unenjoyable Christmas visit to relatives…

A Christmas carol

12 December 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2927 you were invited to submit a Christmas carol written in the style of a writer of…

Railway rhythms

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2926 you were invited to submit a poem about HS2. The idea for this challenge came to…

The Winter’s Tale

28 November 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2925 you were invited to submit a short story entitled ‘The Winter’s Tale’. There were lots of…