Lucy Vickery

Spectator competition winners: food that kills

25 February 2017 9:51

The latest challenge was to submit a poem about a deadly foodstuff. The inspiration for this assignment was the appalling…

Poems on the triggering of Article 50

18 February 2017 14:00

The request for poetic previews of the day Article 50 is triggered produced passionate voices from both sides of the…

Spectator competition winners: protest songs for the Donald’s detractors

12 February 2017 10:30

You were invited to follow in the footsteps of Green Day and Moby and provide Donald Trump’s detractors with a…

Spectator competition winners: animal body parts that will give you nightmares

5 February 2017 10:30

For the latest assignment, inspired by W.W. Jacobs’s macabre mini masterpiece ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, you were invited to supply a…

Spectator competition winners: the truth behind the nation’s favourite maritime poem

30 January 2017 18:20

Your latest challenge was to recast John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever’ in light of the news that the poet suffered from…

Spectator competition winners: Red-Lycra-ed Galloway, G

21 January 2017 12:03

Entries came flooding in following the invitation to submit poems about a politician and an item of clothing. Michael Foot’s…

Spectator competition winners: Nigel Farage channels Frankie Howerd

14 January 2017 10:15

The latest challenge was to submit an extract from a politician’s speech ghostwritten by a well-known comedian. At the 1990…

Spectator competition winners: The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe and the Unlicensed Import of Wild Animals

7 January 2017 10:45

Quercus Books recently published a series of parodies of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories which reimagines the five as adults.…

Spectator competition winners: ‘We the three chief Brexiteers are…’: carols with a topical twist

18 December 2016 10:20

This year’s yuletide challenge was to supply a carol with a topical twist. ‘In the bleak midwinter’ just about captures…

Spectator competition winners: Henry VIII on Donald Trump

4 December 2016 9:25

The latest competition, to submit an extract from a speech in which a well-known figure from history comments on a…

Spectator competition winners: Whenas in jorts my Julia goes

27 November 2016 12:21

Competitors were invited to supply their own nine-line twist on Robert Herrick’s ‘Upon Julia’s clothes’: Whenas in silks my Julia…

Spectator competition winners: a resignation letter from God

19 November 2016 9:45

This time around you were invited to supply resignation letters from God. Despite mankind’s attempts to kill Him off, God…

Spectator competition winners: the Person from Porlock unmasked

12 November 2016 10:30

The request for your thoughts, in verse or prose, on who the Person from Porlock might have been (assuming, of…

Spectator competition winners: odes on a Grayson Perry urn

5 November 2016 9:45

For the latest competition you were invited to compose odes on a Grayson Perry urn. Jonathan Jones memorably described being…

Spectator competition winners: Jeremy Corbyn’s sonnet for Diane

29 October 2016 9:45

The invitation to submit poems written by the Labour party leader was initially inspired by the recent publication by Shoestring…

Spectator competition winners: Not the Nobel Prize winners

22 October 2016 8:37

The latest challenge was to supply an extract from an Ig Nobel Prize-winner’s speech that describes the ‘achievement’ (invented by…

Spectator competition winners: Autumn poems

15 October 2016 9:30

The seasonal challenge to submit a poem about autumn in the style of the poet of your choice was predictably…

Spectator competition winners: how the aphid became and other creation tales

9 October 2016 9:41

The invitation to take the title of a short story by Ted Hughes, How the Whale Became, substitute another animal…

Spectator competition winners: famous authors’ prime-ministerial ambitions

1 October 2016 16:08

In 1959 Ian Fleming wrote a fascinating essay for The Spectator under the headline ‘If I were Prime Minister’. In…

Spectator competition winners: politically correct nursery rhymes

24 September 2016 9:45

For the latest competition you were invited to filter popular nursery rhymes through the prism of political correctness. Some years…

Spectator competition winners: selfies in verse

17 September 2016 9:45

It was Edna St Vincent Millay’s sonnet-about-the-sonnet ‘I will put Chaos into fourteen lines’ that prompted me to invite a…

Spectator competition winners: the world’s worst sitcom

10 September 2016 9:30

The latest call was for stonkingly bad ideas for children’s books, an Olympic sport, a television sitcom or a reality…

Spectator competition winners: taking poetry in new directions

3 September 2016 9:45

Tennyson’s lines ‘bright and fierce and fickle is the South,/And dark and true and tender is the North’ (from ‘The…

Spectator competition winners: authors’ appendages

28 August 2016 9:45

In the latest competition you were invited to supply a poem about a body part of an author of your choosing.…

Spectator competition winners: Boris Johnson’s diplomatic limericks

20 August 2016 9:30

The latest challenge called for limericks that might have been written by Boris Johnson in an attempt to smooth ruffled…