Competition

Spectator competition winners: Epicureanism vs Stoicism

14 October 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3320 you were invited to submit a poem extolling Epicureanism over Stoicism or the other way round.…

Spectator competition winners: what Elon Musk’s home says about him

7 October 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3319 you were invited to supply a description of the house of a well-known figure from the…

Spectator competition winners: why you should never open a novel with the weather

23 September 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3317 you were invited to provide an opening to a novel that bears out Elmore Leonard’s tip…

Flower power

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Think pieces

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The worm has turned

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Cooking the books

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Spectator competition winners: songs for a parliamentary songbook

12 August 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3311, you were invited to submit a song suitable for inclusion in a parliamentary songbook. In an…

Who’s afraid of AI?

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Spectator competition winners: famous poems in reverse

29 July 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3309, you were invited to compose a poem starting with the last line of any well-known poem…

Travellers’ tales

22 July 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3208 you were invited to submit a short story whose first or last line is: ‘“Is there…

Spectator competition winners: verse obituaries for Berlusconi

15 July 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3207 you were invited to submit a verse obituary of Silvio Berlusconi. The Italian former prime minister…

Spectator competition winners: poems about procrastination

8 July 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3306, you were invited to submit a poem about procrastination. Procrastination looms large in Out of Sheer…

Spectator competition winners: sonnets on sonnets

1 July 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3305, you were invited to submit a sonnet entitled ‘Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets’. The germ…

Bard thoughts

24 June 2023 9:00 am

Sex education

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Spectator competition winners: Henry James and other well-known writers look for love online

10 June 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3302, you were invited to compose a dating app profile for a writer of your choice. To…

Cut out

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Spectator competition winners: a liquid lunch with Dante

27 May 2023 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3300, you were invited to describe in verse a meal of your choice with a well-known poet,…