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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
July 9, 1995 121  IT'S NO USE  Come up with useless products.  BUS   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
November 12, 1995 139  EMPLOYMENT LINES  Come up with jobs that make even your crummy job seem good.  BUS   Text file  Virginia Maggi  Text file 
November 3, 1996 190  OFFICE YOU CAN'T REFUSE  Come up with a Principle for the Workplace.  BUS   Text file  John Kammer  Text file 
March 1, 1998 259  SPARE EXCHANGE, BUDDY?  Take any phone number of any business or government office in the Washington area, translate the first two digits into their constituent letters and propose any appropriate one-word exchange.  LET POL BUS   Text file  Elden Carnahan  Text file 
April 12, 1998 265  A SPORK OF GENIUS  Come up with new products like the spork: combinations of two existing products that work together in some special way. Name the device and explain its function.  BUS   Text file | Post PDF  T. J. Murphy  Text file | Post PDF 
November 1, 1998 294  PRODUCT LIARBILITY  Take the name of any commercial product and redefine it.  BUS   Text file | Post e-version  J. Larry Schott  Text file | Post e-version 
December 13, 1998 300  A BRAND NEW CONTEST  Come up with celebrity-brand products.  BUS   Text file  Elden Carnahan  Text file 
January 10, 1999 304  TIME OF THE SIGNS  Come up with appropriate signage to appear outside any business or retail establishment in the Washington area, including government offices.  WAS BUS POL   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
March 14, 1999 313  THE STYLE INVITATIONAL SOUVENIR SHOP  Come up with bad names for a new store at a mall.  WOR BUS   Text file  Brian Broadus  Text file 
May 23, 1999 323  THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD INVITATIONAL  Come up with not-quite-ready inventions, past or present.  SCI BUS   Text file | Post e-version  Brian Broadus  Text file | Post e-version 
June 4, 2000 352
(XIX) 
A Laff Riot  Take the name of a company and/or its commercial product and provide it a new definition.  BUS   Text file  Jennifer Nelson  Text file 
February 11, 2001 388
(LV) 
Pitches in the Dirt  Come up with a sales pitch to get any surplus product off the shelves.  BUS   Text file  Mike Genz  Text file 
November 25, 2001 429
(XCVI) 
Shark Instruments  Tell us what would be a sign that any current institution--TV show, newspaper feature, magazine, business, etc.--has jumped the shark.  TEL CUL BUS   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
June 23, 2002 459
(CXXVI) 
Stock Humor  Look at any of the abbreviated company names in the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange listings in any newspaper's business section and suggest what business the companies might be in.  BUS   Text file | Post PDF  Mike Hammer  Text file | Post PDF 
November 10, 2002 479
(CXLVI) 
Invest Case Scenario  Suggest new companies in which it might be unwise to invest.  BUS   Text file  John Cogburn  Text file 
December 15, 2002 484
(CLI) 
Manufracturing  Take any product and explain how it would be different if it were designed by a different existing company.  BUS   Text file  Milo Sauer  Text file 
November 30, 2003 534  The Feminine Touch  Propose how any male-dominated occupation or institution would change if it suddenly became female-dominated.  BUS CUL   Text file  Tom McCudden  Text file 
February 1, 2004 543  Read Our Leaps  Fill any readers of The Washington Post on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2032, on: (a) the day's lead news story; (b) the highest-flying company and its business; (c) the best-selling self-help book; and/or (d) the day's winning Style Invitational entry.  WAS BUS LIT STY HIS   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
February 29, 2004 547  Give Us a Bad Name  Take an existing product or business name and pair it with an incompatible one.  BUS   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
May 23, 2004 559  Your Slogan Here  Come up with a clever slogan or sign for a business.  SLO BUS   Text file  Chris Doyle
Eric Murphy 
Text file 
August 29, 2004 573  Thine Ad Goest Here  Propose biblical and other literary passages, poems, etc., that could benefit from product placement.  POE REL LIT BUS   Text file  Peter Metrinko  Text file 
October 24, 2004 581  Evil Things in Store  Think of evil or just plain stupid practices that the staff of a retail or other establishment might perpetrate.  BUS   Text file  Michael Cisneros  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 
January 23, 2005 594  History Loves Company  Name an appropriate corporate sponsor for some historical event or for someone's life story.  BUS HIS   Text file  Jim Getz
Jennifer LaFleur 
Text file 
February 20, 2005 598  Site Gags  Come up with an appropriate name for a cafeteria--or meeting room, or an employee lounge, or some other workplace spot--for a particular institution.  WOR BUS   Text file  Robin Grove  Text file 
October 16, 2005 632  Live On, Sweet, Earnest Reader (Inc.)  Give us an original backronym for a company or product. A backronym is a fake etymology that often gets in a little dig at the subject.  WOR BUS   Text file  Jonathan Guberman  Text file 
December 18, 2005 641  Dreck of All Trades  Come up with a business that combines two or more disparate products or services, and tell us its name and/or something else funny about it.  BUS   Text file  Jane Auerbach  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 
February 5, 2006 648  Caller IDiot  Name a product or company and supply a stupid question to ask the consumer hotline person.  BUS QUE   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
September 24, 2006 681  Ticket to Write  Write a jingle for a business (or its product), organization or government agency, set to a Beatles song.  POE BUS POL MUS   Text file  Jay Shuck  Text file 
November 19, 2006 689  Busted Play  Come up with a more objectionable or stupid toy than a working fart-powered toy rocket.  BUS   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
January 21, 2007 698  Let's Get Personnel  Send us some humorously creative questions that a job interviewer would ask an applicant, or some questions it might be fun to ask the interviewer.  BUS   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
May 20, 2007 714  Amalgamated Steal  Merge two or more company or product names into a new, ORIGINAL company or product.  BUS   Text file | Post PDF  Gregory Bartolett  Text file | Post PDF 
June 28, 2008 771  Groaner's Manuals  Come up with a humorous name for a guide or manual for, or a book about, a particular enterprise or organization.  WOR BUS   Text file  Beverley Sharp  Text file 
September 20, 2008 783  The Shill Game  Name a celebrity or fictional character to endorse a real product or company.  BUS CUL   Text file  Marty McCullen  Text file 
December 27, 2008 797  Be Resolute  Make a humorous resolution for some particular person or institution to accomplish next year.  POL BUS   Text file  Christopher Lamora  Text file 
February 21, 2009 805  Brand Eccchs  Give us an original name in any of the above categories (not an actual badly named product).  BUS   Text file  Cy Gardner  Text file 
April 4, 2009 811  Rock-Bottom Lines  Tell us a sign that the economy couldn't get worse.  BUS CUL   Text file  John Russell Tuohy  Text file 
July 25, 2009 827  Caller Idiot  Name a real product or company and supply a stupid question or complaint for the consumer hotline person.  BUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeff Hazle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 1, 2009 828  Inhuman Puns  Make a pun on the name of a familiar group, organization or company, and describe it or provide a quote from it.  BUS JOK WOR   Text file  Craig Dykstra  Text file 
September 26, 2009 836  Other People's Business  Describe what might happen if any of the above institutions (a) were run by an institution of your choice or (b) ran an institution of your choice.  POL BUS REL   Text file | Post PDF  Bruce Alter  Text file | Post PDF 
August 7, 2010 881  What's in a name?  Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.  LET BUS POL   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
September 4, 2010 884  Rekindling the spork  Combine two devices or other products to make a new one.  BUS   Text file  Scott Weinstein  Text file 
November 27, 2010 896  Other people's business  Describe what might happen if any of the above institutions (a) were run by an institution of your choice or (b) ran an institution of your choice.  BUS REL POL   Text file  Larry Yungk  Text file 
March 13, 2011 910  Your ad here  Slightly alter an advertising slogan so that someone else could use it.  SLO BUS   Text file  Rachel Braun  Text file 
July 10, 2011 927  Drive-By Shoutings  Write a very short four-line “poem” promoting a product or company, or offering advice to drivers; the poem must rhyme, in ABAB or ABCB rhyme scheme. A fifth, non-rhyming line may state the product name or a conclusion.  POE BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 26, 2012 960  Raving reviews  Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon.  BUS CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF 
July 29, 2012 981  Feeling testy  Write a question that "ought to" be on a qualifying test for a particular job.  BUS   Text file  Barry Koch  Text file 
September 23, 2012 989  On the double  Come up with a double or multiple profession, and explain how each job complements the other(s).  BUS   Text file | Post e-version  Jeff Hazle  Text file | Post e-version 
October 14, 2012 992  Mittsterpiece Theatre  Suppose public-TV shows, past or present, were turned out onto the open market to make a living on commercial TV. Tell us what would happen.  BUS TEL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Neal Starkman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 30, 2012 1003  Just do it  Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.  SLO BUS POL   Text file | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post e-version 
June 30, 2013 1027  Built for two  Give humorous related names for any pair of features in a given building, organization, etc.  BUS POL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Phil Frankenfeld  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version (pub 7-28-13) 
September 8, 2013 1037  Outrage us  Find something offensive about an inoffensive name of a product, organization, place, etc.  BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robert Falk  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 12, 2014 1093  You're only as rich as you fee  What are some really bad ideas for various businesses to make a few more bucks? (Conversational textBUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Gordon Cobb  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 16, 2014 1098  Prime time for some Amazon reviews  Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon. (Conversational textBUS CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 15, 2015 1111  When you riff upon a store  Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business. (Conversational textWOR BUS SLO   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John O'Byrne  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 13, 2015 1140  You're giving us a bad name  Cite a REAL brand name, past or present, note its original use, and then say what sort of product, organization, etc., that name would be bad for. (Conversational textBUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Drew Bennett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 11, 2015 1144  Someone else's business  Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for. (Conversational textBUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Mann  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 5, 2017 1217  Mergers you wrote: Combine two businesses with puns  Give a clever name for a combination of two or more businesses. (Conversational textBUS WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 10, 2017 1244  Primed for product reviews  Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon. (Conversational textCUL BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 19, 2017 1254  Inkorporation--a change-one-letter contest  Change the name of a present or past business, store or agency (not just a product) by adding one letter, deleting one letter, transposing two letters or substituting one letter for another. (Conversational textLET BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 28, 2018 1264  A cry for Yelp: 'Review' any place  Write a humorous review, positive or negative, of anyplace (real of fictional) one might visit. (Conversational textCUL BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 15, 2018 1288  Your results may vary  Write a funny disclaimer or warning for some product or service. (Conversational textBUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 3, 2019 1321  Pumping Prime: Amazon reviews  Send us a humorous "review" (like the provided samples from our earlier contests) for any of the provided items.  BUS CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Hammond  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 10, 2019 1322  Back to the drawing board  Come up with an idea for an invention that still needs a bug ironed out.  SCI BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeffrey Contompasis  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 1, 2020 1373  Prime time for some Amazon reviews  Send us a humorous "review" for any of the provided Amazon-listed items. (Conversational textBUS CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Prevar  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 14, 2020 1388  Turning around a business  Create a business, product, organization or similar entity that contains a word, name or phrase and its anagram, and describe it. (Conversational textBUS ANA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 19, 2020 1393  Second chance (acned conches?) for anagrams  Describe any of the provided anagram businesses, or offer its slogan. (Conversational textANA BUS SLO   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version