Competition

Spinning Jenny

26 July 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2857 you were invited to take the first line of Leigh Hunt’s mini rondeau ‘Jenny Kissed me’,…

Soccer lesson

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2856 you were invited to recruit a well-known author of your choice to give Phil Neville a…

Dead-end job

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2855 you were invited to compose an elegy for an endangered profession. Estate agents, travel agents, publishers,…

Fresh food

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2854 you were invited to invent a title for a new cookery book, with a fresh angle,…

Ground work

28 June 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2853 you were asked to incorporate the following words (they are real geological terms) into a piece…

Unlikely champion

21 June 2014 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2852 you were invited to step into the shoes of a well-known writer of your choice and…

Paxmanic

14 June 2014 8:00 am

In Competition No. 2851 you were invited to mark Jeremy Paxman’s departure from Newsnight by supplying an extract from an…

Proverbial

7 June 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2850 you were invited to invent proverbs that sound profound but have no meaning. This was an…

Lines on the Beeb

31 May 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2849 you were invited to submit a poem in praise or dispraise of the BBC. The entry…

Scottish question

24 May 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2848 you were invited to submit a poem commenting on Scottish independence in the style of William…

Double celebration

17 May 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2847 you were invited to submit a poem celebrating a famous duo. You wheeled out a colourful…

The write stuff

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2846 you were invited to invent the six rules for writing of a well-known author of your…

I’m a non-believer

3 May 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2845 you were invited to provide a hymn for atheists. This excellent, and topical, competition was suggested…

Inconsequential

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2844 you were invited to provide an extract from either a gripping thriller or a bodice-ripping romance…

Poet’s choice

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2843 you were given a list of poets’ surnames — motion, bridges, wilde, gray, cope, hood, burns…

Putdownable

12 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2842 you were invited to compose the most off-putting book blurb that you could muster. There’s just space…

Vice verse

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2841 you were invited to paint an amusing portrait in verse of the vice and folly of humankind.…

De haut en bas

29 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2840 you were invited to provide an extract from the autobiography of a modern-day celebrity, ghostwritten by a…

Art of darkness

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2839 you were invited to submit a poem about the darker side of spring. There were references in…

Fifty-something

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2838 you were invited to submit a short story entitled Fifty Shades of whatever you chose. It was…

Reunion blues

8 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2837 you were invited to submit a poem on the horrors of a reunion dinner. In days gone…

All together now

1 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2836 you were invited to coin collective nouns for the following: tweeters, hackers, hoodies, WAGS, environmentalists, bankers, MPs…

Lonely hearts

22 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2835 you were invited to submit a profile for an online dating website for a well-known politician, living…

Hard-boiled Blyton

15 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2834 you were invited to submit an extract from a classic of children’s literature rewritten in the style…

Dear diary

8 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2833 you were invited to submit an extract from the adolescent diary of a well-known public figure, living…