Lucy Vickery

Brown studies

18 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3024 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of Dan Brown. This comp,…

Mixing it

11 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3023 you were invited to submit cringeworthy portmanteau words. The word portmanteau was first used in this…

A poem for Boris

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3022 you were invited to compose a safe poem that Boris Johnson could have on hand to…

Northern frights

28 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3021 you were invited to compose terrifying lullabies. Lorca wondered why ‘Spain reserved the most potent songs…

Marriage guidance

21 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3020 you were invited to submit the formula for a successful marriage courtesy of a well-known husband…

Officially amazing

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3019 you were invited to submit a limerick describing a feat worthy of inclusion in Guinness World…

Get a life

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3018 you were invited to take your lead from Meik Wiking — CEO at the Happiness Research…

On the house

30 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3017 you were invited to submit a sonnet containing household tips.   You were on sparkling form…

Diary stories

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3016 you were invited to submit an extract from the diary of the spouse of a high-profile…

Watching the clock

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3015 you were invited to submit a poem about Big Ben’s bongs.   The decision to remove…

From me to you

9 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3014 you were invited to submit a love poem written by one contemporary politician to another.  …

Flavour of the month

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3013 you were invited to submit a poem in praise or dispraise of August.   There was…

Reprogramming

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3012 you were invited to change a letter in the title of a well-known play and submit…

Bowing and scraping

19 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3011 you were invited to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a…

Monster mash-up

12 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3010, a nod to the late, great George Romero, you were invited to provide an extract from…

Quotidian

5 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3009 you were invited to submit a poem about a domestic object.   I set this challenge…

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…

The law is an ass

4 June 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2950 you were invited to propose a new and ludicrous piece of legislation along with a justification…

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…