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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: COM

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
July 16, 1995 122  THE UNKINDEST CUTE OF ALL  Come up with a new story line for "Peanuts", some plot development or new character that will put the strip back on the road to relevance.  COM   Text file  Sarah Worcester  Text file 
February 4, 1996 151  STRIP MINING  Come up with a concept for a new, controversial strip to replace an existing one in The Post.  COM WAS   Text file  Fred Dawson  Text file 
June 13, 1999 326  COMIC RELIEF  Look at today's comics pages, select one panel and one panel only from any comic strip, and rewrite the dialogue.  COM   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
July 18, 1999 331  DRAWING ON CREATIVITY  Come up with an idea for a fictional central character for a comic strip based in Washington, D.C., and the environs. Describe your character in as much detail as you wish, and give the strip a name.  WAS COM   Text file  Elden Carnahan
Joyce Rains 
Text file 
August 1, 1999 333  GET A LOAD OF THIS TA-TA  Submit episodes for the three winning strips from Week 331. There is no next week's contest.  COM   Text file | Post PDF  Chuck Smith  Text file | Post PDF 
October 7, 2001 422
(LXXXIX) 
Taught Language  Come up with lessons learned from (1) the movies, (2) popular songs, (3) romance novels or (4) the comics page.  MOV MUS LIT COM   Text file  Bob Sorensen  Text file 
May 26, 2002 455
(CXXII) 
Comixing  Create new comic characters by crossing two existing characters, then describe the character.  COM   Text file | Post PDF  Seth Brown  Text file | Post PDF 
July 7, 2002 461
(CXXVIII) 
Punch Us Again  Take any comic from the daily Washington Post during the next week and make it better by changing the contents of the final word balloon.  WAS COM   Text file  Meg Sullivan  Text file 
November 26, 2006 690  Funnies: How Time Flies  Pull Billy of "The Family Circus" -- or any of his comic strip neighbors in The Washington Post -- out of his time warp to a different age, era or place, and provide a short storyline or dialogue or caption.  WAS COM   Text file  Martin Bancroft  Text file 
October 3, 2009 837  Strip Search  Combine two comic strips that appear in The Washington Post or at washingtonpost.com/comics and describe the results.  WAS COM   Text file  Craig Dykstra  Text file 
June 19, 2016 1180  Strip search!  Find a line of text from any comic strip or panel that appears on the Post's comics pages or on washingtonpost.com/comics, dated anywhere between June 16 and June 27, and either (a) supply a question that the original line could answer, or (b) follow it with your own line of dialogue or reply. (Conversational textCOM QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Lawrence McGuire  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version