Lucy Vickery

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…

Spectator competition winners: Beano acrostics

6 November 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3223, you were invited to supply an acrostic poem in which the first letter of each line,…

Spectator competition winners: dystopian animal stories

30 October 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3222, you were invited to supply a dystopian short story that incorporates as many collective nouns for…

Spectator competition winners: odes on the Marble Arch Mound

23 October 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3221, you were invited to submit an ode on the Marble Arch Mound. The 25 metre-high artificial…

Spectator competition winners: Newly discovered short stories by poets

16 October 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3220, you were invited to supply a newly discovered short story by a well-known 19th- or 20th-century…

Clerihews on scientists

9 October 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3219, you were invited to supply clerihews on well-known scientists, past and present. The subject of the…

Spectator competitions winners: W.S. Gilbert makes a ham sandwich

2 October 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3218, you were invited to supply a recipe as it might have been written by the author…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Why must it always be tomato soup?’

25 September 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3217, you were invited to supply a poem that begins or ends with the line ‘Why must…

Spectator competition winners: Bridget Jones’s Bible

18 September 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3216, you were invited to retell a well-known biblical story in a secular style that would enhance…

Spectator competition winners: In memoriam Geronimo the alpaca

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3215, you were -invited to supply a poem about Geronimo the alpaca. The camelid’s fate was finally…

Spectator competition winners: the Mona Lisa has her say

4 September 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3214, you were invited to choose a well-known painted portrait and let the subject speak for itself,…

Spectator competition winners: Villanelles after Elizabeth Bishop

28 August 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3213 you were invited to submit a villanelle whose first line is: ‘The art of [insert gerund…

Spectator competition winners: Mrs Malaprop turns tour guide

21 August 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3212 you were invited to provide a spiel that a well-known character from the field of fact…

Spectator competition winners: Nursery rhymes for the pandemic

14 August 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3211 you were invited to submit a nursery rhyme inspired by the pandemic. When I set this…

Spectator competition winners: poems inspired by the phonetic alphabet

7 August 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3210, you were invited to provide a poem or a piece of prose containing words from the…

Spectator competition winners: Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of a Tory MP

31 July 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3209, you were invited to provide Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of a Tory MP. Inspiration for this challenge…

Spectator competition winners: W.S. Gilbert’s guide to wedded bliss

24 July 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3208, you were invited to submit a recipe for marital bliss on behalf of an author of…