Competition

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…

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…