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Spectator competition winners: ‘On First looking into Article 50 of the Treaty of Rome’

23 July 2016 10:00

The latest competition asked for poems with titles which riff on that of Keats’s sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s…

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Spectator competition winners: festivals with twat-appeal

16 July 2016 9:45

The call for extracts from the unappealing-sounding programme of a festival that is making a misguided attempt to stand out…

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Spectator competition winners: when sportswriting turns purple

9 July 2016 10:30

The invitation to supply a report on a Uefa Euro 2016 match written in the florid style beloved of some…

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Spectator competition winners: ‘Hail to thee black pudding’ – odes to a greasy spoon

4 July 2016 19:31

The invitation to supply an ode to a greasy spoon was prompted by a recent column that Melissa Kite wrote…

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Spectator competition winners: looking for a tree in a line of poetry

27 June 2016 18:30

The latest competition called for a sonnet that has the name of a tree hidden in every line. This fiendish…

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Spectator competition winners: ‘’Twas brexit and the merkyl foes Did corbinate ’gainst lyb and labe’: nonsense verse on the referendum

20 June 2016 18:30

Competitors were invited to submit nonsense verse on the EU referendum. Honourable mentions, in a strong field, go to Charles…

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Spectator competition winners: #RemoveALetterSpoilABook (Lady Chatterley’s Over; Rainspotting; Far from the Adding Crowd; The Forsythe Aga)

11 June 2016 10:15

The latest challenge, prompted by the hashtag #RemoveALetterSpoilABook that’s been doing the rounds on Twitter, saw you at your best.…

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Spectator competition winners: ludicrous laws

4 June 2016 9:30

Your latest challenge was to propose a new and ludicrous piece of legislation along with a justification for it. Although…

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Spectator competition winners: can I have been drinking with Jeffrey Bernard?

28 May 2016 9:55

The latest challenge, to submit a poem about sharing a drink with a famous writer, was inspired by the poetry…

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Spectator competition winners: my life as a skunk

21 May 2016 9:30

The latest competition was inspired by the endeavours of Charles Foster, who, in his fascinating, funny book Being a Beast,…

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Spectator competition winners: Live long and prosper – three cheers for old age

14 May 2016 9:30

Your latest challenge was to submit a poem in praise of old age. Old age gets a bad rap. Only…

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Spectator competition winners: verse obituaries for Harper Lee, Val Doonican and Alan Rickman

7 May 2016 9:30

The latest competition called for a verse obituary of a well-known person who has died in the past year. There’s…

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Spectator competition winners: how to get rid of an unwanted guest

30 April 2016 9:45

The invitation to suggest remarks guaranteed to get rid of a guest who is outstaying his or her welcome drew…

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Spectator competition winners: the Shakespeare anniversary: To fête? How much to fête? — that is the question…

23 April 2016 9:45

The latest competition sees us leap unashamedly aboard the bandwagon du jour with an invitation to imagine what characters from…

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Spectator competition winners: Donald Trump reviews Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

16 April 2016 9:30

The latest competition invited you to submit a review of a well-known work of literature that has been written by…

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Spectator competition winners: what are little boys and girls made of?

10 April 2016 10:24

The latest competition invited you to give a couple of old nursery rhymes a contemporary twist by composing a new…

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Spectator competition winners: diary of a superfluous man

1 April 2016 9:54

The invitation to supply a short story entitled ‘Diary of a Superfluous Man’ was inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s novella of…

Spectator competition winners: Dr Seuss on Donald Trump

26 March 2016 9:30

The latest challenge was to supply Dr Seuss’s take on the US presidential race. Given his taste for taking down…

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Spectator competition winners: a 21st-century elegy on a country churchyard

12 March 2016 9:30

The latest competition marked the tercentenary of Thomas Gray’s birth with an invitation to submit an ‘Elegy on a Country…

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Spectator competition winners: John Terry’s secret diary

5 March 2016 9:30

The invitation to submit extracts from the diaries of the famous that their writers did not wish the world to…

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Spectator competition winners: the national anthem Ian Dury might have written

27 February 2016 9:30

Following Tom Shakespeare’s recent suggestion that now might be a good time to ditch ‘God Save the Queen’ — ‘terrible…

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Spectator triolet competition winners: ‘Penelope Cruz has told me no’

21 February 2016 9:30

Your latest challenge was to compose a Valentine’s triolet. A famous example of the triolet is Frances Cornford’s catty ‘To…

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Spectator competition winners: ‘The Donald – as I call him – is a secret I can’t share’: poems suitable for inclusion in ‘Now We Are Rich’

13 February 2016 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to submit a poem suitable for inclusion in Now We are Rich. There…

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Spectator competition winners: misery memoir blurbs

8 February 2016 18:30

Reader Tom Dulake suggested that I invite competitors to submit a blurb for a misery memoir, which struck me as…

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Spectator competition winners: Pam Ayres meets John Milton

30 January 2016 9:30

The latest brief, to submit up to 16 lines of verse that are the fruit of a collaboration between two…