Lucy Vickery

Spectator competition winners: The last will and testament of Gollum

14 May 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3248, you were asked to submit the last will and testament of a fictional character. In a…

Spectator competition winners: If Alan Bennett had been a spy

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3247, you were asked to submit the reflections of a well-known writer on a career path they…

Spectator competition winners: poets bemoan a problematic appendage

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3246, you were invited to submit a poem in the style of the poet of your choice…

Spectator competition winners: Let’s parler Franglais

23 April 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3245, you were asked to take a passage from a classic of French literature and recast it…

Spectator competition winners: poems for St George in Bono-metrics

16 April 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3244, you were invited to submit a poem to mark St George’s Day that rivals in awfulness…

Spectator competition: poems about Shackleton’s Endurance

9 April 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3243, you were invited to submit a poem about the recent discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance.…

Spectator competition winners: The polar bear who came to tea

2 April 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3242, you were asked to submit a short story that is a mash-up of cli-fi with a…

Spectator competition winners: spring triolets

26 March 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3241, you were invited to submit a spring triolet. Banjo Paterson, the bard of the bush, had…

Spectator competition winners: lives in three limericks

19 March 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3240, you were invited to tell the life story of a well-known figure in three limericks. In…

Spectator competition winners: political manifestos inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll

12 March 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3239, you were invited to submit political manifestos inspired by literary heroes. Sajid Javid loves Ayn Rand:…

Spectator competition winners: poems about literary feuds

5 March 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3238, you were invited to submit a poem about a literary feud. Wallace Stevens’s 1936 fisticuffs with…

Spectator competition winners: Monosyllabic short stories

26 February 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3237, you were invited to submit a short story using words of only one syllable. This challenge…

Spectator competitions winners: ‘O, my love is like…’

19 February 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3236, you were invited to submit a poem that begins ‘Oh my love is like…’ . From…

Spectator competition winners: Gulliver’s Day Out and other literary prequels

12 February 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3235, you were invited to invent a prequel to a well-known work of literature and supply an…

Spectator competition winners: Covid’s metamorphoses

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3234, you were invited to submit either a poem or a short story entitled ‘Covid’s metamorphoses’. Thanks…

Spectator competition winners: meet the new Mr Men

29 January 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3233, you were invited to invent a new character for the Mr Men/Little Miss series by Roger…

2021 in sonnets

22 January 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3232, you were invited to retell a news story from the past year in sonnet form. An…

Spectator competition winners: pretentious wine writing

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3231, you were invited to supply an example of pretentious wine writing. Space is tight and the…

Double issue

8 January 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3230, you were invited to supply a double acrostic poem, the first and last letters of each…

Spectator competition winners: Harold Pinter’s Nativity

18 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3229, you were invited to provide the story of the Nativity retold in the style of a…

Spectator competition winners: Goldfinger for tots

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3228, you were invited to provide a well-known extract from adult literature rewritten for inclusion in an…

Spectator competition winners: presidential mnemonics

4 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3227, you were invited to provide verses to help children remember the sequence of the last eight…

Spectator competition winners: ‘O scintillate, bright orb celestial! Gleam’ (‘Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star’)

27 November 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3226, you were invited to rewrite, in pompous and prolix style, any well-known simple poem. The seed…

Dominic Raab’s ‘Nightmare Song’

20 November 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3225, you were invited to provide a version of the Lord Chancellor’s ‘Nightmare Song’ from Iolanthe for…

Spectator competition winners: tourist misinformation

13 November 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3224, you were invited to submit snippets of misleading advice either for tourists visiting Britain or for…