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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: CAR

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
April 11, 1993 PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS  In 40 words or less, write a caption for either of these two generic cartoons drawn by famed Style Invitational artist Marc Rosenthal.  CAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Chuck Smith  Text file | Post PDF 
July 18, 1993 20  COMIC RELIEF  Rewrite 60-year-old cartoons, filling in your own balloons, to make them funnier and more timely.   CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Gearty  Text file | Post PDF 
October 24, 1993 34  INSPECT A GADGET  What do these machines do?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Reef family  Text file | Post PDF 
April 3, 1994 57  CALLING THE TOON  Who are these people, and what are they doing?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Peyton Coyner  Text file | Post PDF 
May 1, 1994 61  NO HARD FEELINGS  Fill in the balloons in these cheerful farewell panels drawn by Marc Rosenthal, the Style Invitational artist who is being replaced by Bob Staake.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Chuck Smith  Text file | Post PDF 
October 9, 1994 82  PICTURE THIS  Who are these people, and what are they doing?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF 
February 5, 1995 99  WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PICTURES?  What's wrong with these pictures?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  George Wills  Text file | Post PDF 
March 26, 1995 106  DRAWING CONCLUSIONS  Who are these people, and what are they doing?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Pete Clime  Text file | Post PDF 
August 13, 1995 126  EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'  What are these people, etc., saying or thinking?  CAR   Text file  Peyton Coyner  Text file 
August 20, 1995 127  GADGET IF YOU CAN  Choose one or more of these devices and describe their use.  CAR   Text file  Kevin P. Riley  Text file 
January 28, 1996 150  TRIAL BALLOONS  What are the people saying?  CAR   Text file  Rahul Simha  Text file 
June 16, 1996 170  THE ELEMENTS OF SMILE  Why are these people smiling?  CAR   Text file  Ned Bent  Text file 
October 6, 1996 186  CALLING THE TOON  Who are these people? What are they doing?  CAR   Text file  Philip Vitale  Text file 
May 18, 1997 218  CALLING THE TOON  Who are these people? What are they doing?  CAR   Text file  Dave Yourell  Text file 
June 29, 1997 224  DRAWING CONCLUSIONS  What is wrong with these pictures?  CAR   Text file  Dan Kaplan  Text file 
July 20, 1997 227  WILD PITCHES  Come up worthy successors to Joe Camel. Name the product, and describe the totally inappropriate cartoon character that would be created to represent it.  CAR   Text file  Dave Ferry  Text file 
September 21, 1997 236  CALLING THE TOON.  What is happening here?  CAR   Text file  Hank Wallace  Text file 
October 12, 1997 239  NAME THAT TOON  Send us the captions for cartoons not provided.  CAP CAR   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
November 30, 1997 246  OUR OWN DEVICES  What do these contraptions do? Tell us in 50 words or fewer.  CAR   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
April 26, 1998 267  THE CONCEPT CONCEPT  Come up with a situation for a "People Unclear on the Concept" cartoon. Describe the situation and supply any necessary dialogue.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  John B. Allen  Text file | Post PDF 
May 31, 1998 272  PICTURE THIS  What is happening in these cartoons?  CAR   Text file  Edward Mickolus  Text file 
September 6, 1998 286  CLINTOONS  Make your own Clintoon, a comic strip consisting of any or all of the provided drawings.  CAR   Text file  Meg Sullivan  Text file 
September 20, 1998 288  PICTURE THIS  What is happening in these pictures?  CAR   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
November 8, 1998 295  PANEL DISCUSSION  Supply the contents of the missing panel in the provided cartoon strips.  CAR   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
December 20, 1998 301  PICTURE THIS  What is happening in these cartoons?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Jonathan Paul  Text file | Post PDF 
April 4, 1999 316  CALLING THE TOON  What are these things?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Jennifer Hart
Sandra Hull 
Text file | Post PDF 
May 9, 1999 321  INTERPRET THIS  Take any of the provided cartoons and come up with a matched pair of interpretations for what is happening.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Art Grinath  Text file | Post PDF 
July 25, 1999 332  AUTHORS IN SEARCH OF A CHARACTER  Come up with a three- or four-panel cartoon about any of the winning characters from Week 332.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Genser
Art Grinath
Chuck Smith
Meg Sullivan 
Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 16, 2000 345
(XII) 
Picture This  What is going on in these cartoons?  CAR   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
June 11, 2000 353
(XX) 
Patently Silly  What do these devices do?  CAR   Text file  Jean Sorensen  Text file 
August 13, 2000 362
(XXIX) 
Something Missing  Tell us what is missing in each of the provided cartoons.  CAR   Text file  Sam Rosenberg  Text file 
October 22, 2000 372
(XXXIX) 
Trial Balloons  Fill in the balloons.  CAR   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
January 14, 2001 384
(LI) 
What's Your Story?  Take at least four of the provided cartoons, arrange them in any sequence you wish, and make up a funny story that they would illustrate.  CAR   Text file  Sarah Worcester  Text file 
March 11, 2001 392
(LIX) 
Everyone's a Comic  Choose any panel of any comic strip in today's Washington Post and improve it by replacing the original speech and thought balloons with your own,  CAR   Text file  Drew Knoblauch  Text file 
June 3, 2001 404
(LXXI) 
Balloonacy  Create a comic strip of one to four panels. For your dialogue or thought balloons, you may choose from the provided menu. You may invent one line of your own.  CAR   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
September 30, 2001 421
(LXXXVIII) 
Picture This  These objects are not what they seem to be, at first glance. They are something else entirely. What are they?  CAR   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
February 10, 2002 440
(CVII) 
Picture This  What is going on in these cartoons?  CAR   Text file  Chris Hill  Text file 
April 28, 2002 451
(CXVIII) 
Make Your Pix  Which two of the provided cartoons are related, and how?  CAR DIF   Text file  Dan Steinberg  Text file 
September 29, 2002 473
(CXL) 
Offensive Line  Find what's offensive in any of the provided cartoons, and explain.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Seth Brown  Text file | Post PDF 
December 1, 2002 482
(CXLIX) 
Inspect Our Gadgets  What are these gadgets? What do they do?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Seth Brown  Text file | Post PDF 
April 20, 2003 502  Picture This  Who are these people? What are they doing?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF 
June 22, 2003 511  It All Impends  Tell us what is something unusual about to happen in the provided cartoons.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Dave Hebda  Text file | Post PDF 
August 24, 2003 520  I, Object  These items were ordered by well-known people. Who ordered them, and why?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
September 28, 2003 525  It Won't Belong Now  Tell us which of three cartoons provided does not belong, and why.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Russell Beland  Text file | Post PDF 
December 7, 2003 535  Picture This  Can you tell us what astonishing news Bob Staake is trying to pass on with cartoons?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  John Shea  Text file | Post PDF 
April 11, 2004 553  Picture This  Tell us what's going on in one or more of the provided cartoons.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Allan Moore  Text file | Post PDF 
July 18, 2004 567  A Running Gag  Explain how any of the provided bizarre cartoons by Bob Staake relates to the current presidential campaign.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Josh Tucker  Text file | Post PDF 
December 12, 2004 588  Gadget If You Can  Tell us what these nifty, indispensable items are.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  John Conti  Text file | Post PDF 
February 27, 2005 599  So What's the News?  Tell us what the illustrated events are.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
June 26, 2005 616  Picture This, Kids  Supply title and one-sentence synopsis for Bob Staake new kids' project, incorporating any of the provided cartoons.  CAR   Text file  Ron Stanley  Text file 
October 9, 2005 631  Picture This  What's going on in any of these cartoons?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Elwood Fitzner  Text file | Post PDF 
January 22, 2006 646  Warped Perspectives  Tell us how two different types of people, animals, organizations, etc., would interpret any of the provided cartoons.  CAR   Text file  Pam Sweeney  Text file 
May 21, 2006 663  Worth at Least a Dozen Words  Interpret any of the provided cartoons as you see fit in a caption.  CAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Michelle Stupak  Text file | Post PDF 
September 17, 2006 680  Rendered Speechless  Provide dialogue to fill the balloons in any of these cartoons.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Ned Bent  Text file | Post PDF 
February 11, 2007 701  Untitlement  Here are the covers for what just might be Bob Staake's next four books. What are they called and what are they about?  CAR ART LIT   Text file  Andrea Kelly  Text file 
August 5, 2007 725  Beggars For Description  Describe, without being boring, a cartoon to fit any of the provided captions.  CAR CAP   Text file  Cy Gardner  Text file 
December 8, 2007 743  Picture This  Write a caption for any of these Bob Staake cartoons.  CAR CAP   Text file  Roger Dalrymple  Text file 
April 19, 2008 761  Strip Mining  Supply the text for any or all three of these Bob Staake comic strips.  CAR   Text file  Randy Lee  Text file 
October 11, 2008 786  Top of the Staake  So get your thoughts provoked for No. Umpteen of our cartoon caption contest.  CAR CAP   Text file | Post PDF  Ned Bent  Text file | Post PDF 
May 30, 2009 819  Art Re-View  These objects are not what they seem to be, at first glance. They are something else entirely. What are they?  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
November 20, 2010 895  Picture this  Supply a caption for any of these cartoons.  CAP CAR   Text file  Doug Frank  Text file 
March 6, 2011 909  Reprizing  Suggest humorous uses for one or more of the items above, alone or in combination.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 17, 2011 915  Picture this  Write a caption for any of the cartoons pictured here.  CAP CAR   Text file  Jack Hingel  Text file 
August 26, 2012 985  What art art thou?  Tell us which Style Invitational contest any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons might be illustrating.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post PDF 
February 24, 2013 1010  Picture this  Write a caption for any of the five provided cartoons.  CAP CAR   Text file | Post e-version  John Glenn  Text file | Post e-version 
August 25, 2013 1035  The Empy 500  Explain what news Bob Staake is trying to tell in any of the provided drawings.  CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Michael Gips  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 16, 2014 1060  Picture this  Write a caption, or captions, for one or more of the provided cartoons.  CAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ward Kay  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 2, 2014 1096  Picture this  Write a humorous caption for any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Mann  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 31, 2015 1126  Picture this  Provide a humorous caption for any of the cartoons provided. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeff Shirley  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 17, 2016 1158  What have we here?  Tell us what one or more of these objects really are. (Conversational textCAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 16, 2016 1197  Picture This -- It's a Bob Staake caption contest  Write a caption for any of the cartoons provided. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Steven Steele Cawman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 18, 2017 1232  Picture this -- a caption contest  Write a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 3, 2017 1256  Picture this -- a caption contest  Provide a funny caption for any of the provided cartoons. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 3, 2018 1282  Picture This  Write a caption for one or more of the provided pictures. (Conversational textCAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Rick Haynes  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 30, 2019 1338  Picture This -- cartoon captions  Supply a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.  CAP CAR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jean Sorensen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version