Competition

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…

New beginnings

29 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3008 you were invited to take the last line of a well-known novel and make it the…

Cat call

22 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3007 you were invited to submit a poem about Larry, the Downing Street cat. Larry came to…

Laughing matter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3006 you were invited to submit a sonnet that takes as its opening line Keats’s ‘Why did…

Brought to book

8 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3005 you were invited to take your inspiration from Anthony Lane’s terrific ‘The Book of Jeremy Corbyn’,…

What Alice did next

1 July 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3004 you were invited to submit an extract from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Trumpland. As I was…

Political clerihew

24 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3003 you were invited to supply clerihews about contemporary politicians. In an enormous and excellent entry, popular…

Song for Europe

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3002 you were invited to provide lyrics to the European anthem.   The anthem has as its…

Health matters

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3001 you were invited to take inspiration from the recently published Walt Whitman’s Guide to Manly Health…

Question time

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3000 you were invited to provide an answer, in verse or prose, to a famous literary question…

A bad lot

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2999 you were invited to supply a poem which takes as its first line W.S. Gilbert’s ‘A policeman’s…

Lost in translation

20 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2998 you were invited to submit a set of instructions for an everyday device that have been…

Global mourning

13 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2997 you were invited to submit an obituary for planet Earth.   It was a smallish but…

Acrostic spectator

6 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2996 you were invited to submit an acrostic sonnet in which the first letters of each line…

Ribaldry

29 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2995 you were invited to submit ribald limericks as they might have been written by a well-known…

Cross lines

22 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2994 you were invited to submit a letter of complaint from a fictional character to his, hers…

Dear John

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

In Competition No. 2992 you were invited to submit a Dear John letter, in prose or verse, in the style…

Answering back

8 April 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2991 you were invited to submit ‘The Rime of the Wedding Guest’.   There were, naturally, lots…