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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

Suggestions and questions are welcome and encouraged.

The Society wishes to thank Russell Beland, Chris Doyle, Kyle Hendrickson, and Pat Myers for their help in assembling the archive that is linked to from this page.

THEMES: Below are links to subsets of these contests, which I call "themes". Most of the contests have been assigned one or more themes, which are indicated with trigraphs. It was not easy going through more than a thousand synposes to make these subjective assignments, so please let me know of any adjustments that should be made.

THEME: ATH

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
March 7, 1993 SHEDDING THE SKINS?  Come up with a new name for the Redskins.  WAS ATH   Text file | Post PDF  Douglas R. Miller  Text file | Post PDF 
February 6, 1994 49  A SLALOM OCCASION  Come up with events for a Washington Olympics. They can be winter or summer sports, based on bureaucracy or other themes peculiar to Washington, and must include a brief description of the event.  WAS ATH   Text file | Post PDF  Paul Styrene  Text file | Post PDF 
October 23, 1994 84  THE WASHINGTON IRVINGS  Come up with creative names for the high school football teams of real towns in America.  ATH   Text file | Post PDF  Karla J. Dickinson  Text file | Post PDF 
November 11, 2001 427
(XCIV) 
Skinned  Come up with events that have a smaller chance of happening than the Redskins winning the Super Bowl.  ATH   Text file  Sarah Worcester  Text file 
May 30, 2004 560  The 97.5-Meter Dash  Suggest some time- and cost-saving measures so the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens will open on time.  ATH   Text file  Marc Leibert  Text file 
January 9, 2005 592  We Got Gamy  Offer us a concise idea for a Super Bowl commercial, or some innovative halftime entertainment, or some inappropriate sponsors, or some ideas for improving the game itself.  ATH BUS CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Peter Larsen  Text file | Post PDF 
March 6, 2005 600  Top of the Inking  Tell us some ways the District of Columbia will change now that we have the Nationals.  CUL ATH   Text file  Dudley Thompson  Text file 
January 8, 2006 644  Winter Limp Picks  Brighten up the Winter Olympics with some new events and rules. Alternatively, you can suggest a commercial or ad campaign that could be tied in with the Winter Games or one of its sports.  ATH BUS   Text file  Joel Knanishu  Text file 
June 24, 2007 719  We Har the World  Come up with a creative name for a sports team for a town or city anywhere outside the United States.  ATH   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Elwood Fitzner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 16, 2008 778  Tied Games  Combine any two sports or nonathletic activities into a single sport or game.  ATH   Text file  Hugh Pullen  Text file 
March 27, 2010 862  Be cheerful  Send us a cheer or fight song for any pro sports team or any national team.  POE MUS ATH   Text file     
October 16, 2010 890  Double-teaming  Combine the names of any two pro sports teams -- even from different sports -- and describe the result.  ATH   Text file  Keith Maynard  Text file 
September 16, 2012 988  A faster break  Suggest ways to make sports and other leisure activities more time-efficient or exciting.  ATH   Text file | Post PDF  Martin Bancroft  Text file | Post PDF 
January 26, 2014 1057  Sportin' lie  Give us some fake sports trivia.  ATH TRI   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Seth Tucker  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 29, 2020 1377  Make your own March Madness  Think of some sport, game, art project or other activity that you can conjure up using various items that you might find around the house. (Conversational textATH   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John O'Byrne  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version