Competition

Bad sex award

21 November 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2924 you were invited to submit a ‘love scene’ from a novel that dampens rather than boosts…

Martian poetry

14 November 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2923 you were invited to describe an everyday object, in verse, from the point of view of…

Fashion

7 November 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2922 you were invited to invent new garments and provide definitions. Thanks to the reader who, inspired…

Fictihew

29 October 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2921 you were invited to write a clerihew about a fictional character. The clerihew is a comic…

Rocker to writer

24 October 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2920 you were invited to submit an extract from a novel written by a rock star of…

Change of direction

17 October 2015 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2919 you were invited to write a poem that begins with the first line or two lines…

Threesome

10 October 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2918 you were invited to submit a poem composed entirely of three-letter words. ‘This is the most…

Right to reply

3 October 2015 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2917 you were invited to submit a reply from Andrew Marvell’s coy mistress. Marvell’s mix of cajoling…

Rebranded classics

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2916 you were invited to recast a well-known scene from literature to reflect the fact that its…

Arty limericks

19 September 2015 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2915 you were invited to submit limericks featuring a well-known artist and a destination of your choice.…

Bennboozled

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2914 — which was inspired by a speech given by the late Sir Keith Joseph in which…

Back to school

5 September 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2913 you were invited to submit an extract from the school report of a well-known author, living or…

Fan fare

29 August 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2912 you were invited to submit a tribute in verse to a once-popular foodstuff that has fallen…

Triple thrill

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2911 you were invited to submit a thriller in three text messages. This one seemed straightforward enough…

Pet hate

15 August 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2910 you were invited to submit a poem by a pet who is cheesed off with its…

Taking the Michael

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2909 you were invited to follow in the footsteps of Michael Gove, who has urged civil servants…

Open and shut case

1 August 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2908 you were invited to submit a comically appalling opening to an imaginary novel. Thanks are due…

Tube lines

25 July 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2907 you were invited to imagine that poets, living or dead, had been recruited to compose verse…

Poetry in motion

18 July 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2906 you were invited to write a poem about an encounter in an airport. Craig Raine’s poem…

I can see a rainbow

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2905 you were invited to write a sonnet whose lines begin with the letters R,O,Y,G,B,I,V,V,I,B,G,Y,O,R, in that…

Court report

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2904 you were invited to take as your first line ‘There’s a breathless hush on the centre…

Off colour

27 June 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2903 you were invited to provide an extract from an article in an interiors magazine featuring some…

Howzat!

20 June 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2903 you were invited to supply a poem incorporating a dozen cricketing terms. English poets love cricket:…

Pylon poetry

13 June 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2901 you were invited to write a poem in praise of a modern-day blot on the landscape.…

Sauce material

6 June 2015 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2900 you were invited to write a short story that ends on a condiment of your choice.…