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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: CUL

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
April 18, 1993 BEAT THE BANDS  Come up with a name for rock bands.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Beverley Brown  Text file | Post PDF 
May 2, 1993 VANITY UNFAIR  Create vanity license plates for famous people.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Don Beale  Text file | Post PDF 
May 23, 1993 12  HERE, DOGGEREL …  Write a limerick. It must contain one of the following names: "Hillary Rodham Clinton," "Jack Kevorkian," "George Stephanopoulos" or "Bosnia-Herzegovina."  LIM CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Jimmy Nguyen  Text file | Post PDF 
June 20, 1993 16  I AM ADDICTED TO AN ASININE CONTEST…  Come up with sleazy new topics for the daytime talks.   CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Kitty Thuermer
Mike Tidwell 
Text file | Post PDF 
August 8, 1993 23  HAPPY ENDINGS  Modernize an old quote or expression by altering its ending.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Pamela Zilly  Text file | Post PDF 
September 5, 1993 27  IT'S THE EPONYMY, STUPID  Coin an eponym, a word or figure of speech based on the name of a famous person. You must define the word, and, if you wish, use it in a sentence.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Sharon Kuykendall  Text file | Post PDF 
November 28, 1993 39  WAY OUTSIDE THE LINES  Name a new crayon color for the 1990s, with a description.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Paul Styrene  Text file | Post PDF 
December 5, 1993 40  NOT WRONG. JUST INCORRECT.  What's next on the political correctness agenda?  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Steven King  Text file | Post PDF 
January 2, 1994 44  ADVERB PUBLICITY  Write us a Tom Swiftly or two, updated for the '90s. Each must include a reference to a famous person or institution.  WOR CUL   Text file | Post PDF  St. Andrew's Episcopal School Mrs. Airey's English class  Text file | Post PDF 
February 13, 1994 50  GIVE US THIS DAY  There are no holidays between Presidents' Day and Memorial Day, a cheerless run of more than three months. Let's stick one in there, somewhere. The holiday should celebrate something or someone uniquely American. Tell us the date, the name of the holiday and how it should be observed.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Laura M. Clairmont  Text file | Post PDF 
June 12, 1994 68  GIVE US A SIGN  Come up with new astrological signs for the 1990s, together with one day's horoscope.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Christie Houser  Text file | Post PDF 
September 25, 1994 80  NICK KNACKS  Come up with a great nickname for any contemporary celebrity.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Chuck Smith  Text file | Post PDF 
October 16, 1994 83  BEDROOM FARCE  What questions were left out of the Great American Sex Survey?   CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robb Mathews  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 30, 1994 85  PLAY MYTHTY FOR ME  Come up with new urban myths, those vaguely believable, wildly paranoid stories that circulate by word of mouth until they are generally accepted as true.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Ben Lea  Text file | Post PDF 
November 27, 1994 89  CHILD'S PLAY  Come up with bad ideas for new toys for the Christmas season.  CUL   Text file  Paul A. Alter  Text file 
January 15, 1995 96  STICK IT IN YOUR ERA  Come up with a catch phrase for the 1990s.  CUL   Text file  Joseph Romm  Text file 
April 9, 1995 108  NEAR MISSES  Come up with the first drafts of great lines in history, entertainment or literature.  HIS CUL LIT   Text file  Joseph Romm  Text file 
April 23, 1995 110  DO NOT INHALE THIS PAGE  Come up with absurd warning labels that might be found on common products.  CUL   Text file  Elden Carnahan  Text file 
June 11, 1995 117  GIVE 'EM HELOISE  Come up with a tribute to Heloise, that queen of inanely creative recycling.  CUL   Text file  Peyton Coyner
Gene Van Pelt 
Text file 
November 5, 1995 138  LIST BUT NOT LEAST  Come up with Top-10-style lists for any of the above four subjects.  CUL   Text file  Fred Dawson  Text file 
December 24, 1995 145  LOOIE, LOOIE  Come up with paired, themed ladies' room and men's room signs for various types of public places.  CUL   Text file  Susan Reese  Text file 
February 11, 1996 152  WE ARE CURIOUS (YELLOW)  Take any headline in today's Washington Post and rewrite it in tabloid fashion so the story seems a lot more scandalous and/or lurid than it is.  HEA WAS CUL   Text file  Mike Hammer  Text file 
March 24, 1996 158  SO SUE US  Come up with frivolous lawsuits.  CUL   Text file  Sue Lin Chong  Text file 
July 7, 1996 173  DEAD RECKONING  Propose a question that might be asked by a living celebrity to a famous dead person. You must name the living person, name the dead person, and tell us the question.  CUL   Text file  Ken Kaufman  Text file 
September 22, 1996 184  ED ANGUISH  Create an argument on some social issue, in 75 words or fewer, taking an extreme liberal view.  CUL   Text file  John Kammer  Text file 
November 10, 1996 191  GOING THROUGH A PHRASE  Come up with phrase for an American English phrasebook that would provide no practical help whatsoever to a foreigner trying to get along in the United States.  CUL   Text file  Jacob Harley  Text file 
December 8, 1996 195  THE MARTHIAN CHRONICLES  Come up with items for Martha Stewart's December-January calendar of projects.  CUL   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
December 29, 1996 198  YOU MUST BE MAD II  Come up with proposals designed to infuriate special interest groups.  POL CUL   Text file  Bob Sorensen  Text file 
February 9, 1997 204  DOUBLE EXPRESSO  Take any well-known colorful expression, and modernize it.  CUL   Text file  Maja Keech  Text file 
March 2, 1997 207  TIED TO BE FIT  Each of the eight provided items is related, in some fashion, to one or more of the provided individuals. You make the connections.  CUL   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
March 23, 1997 210  RANDOM MEMO  Supply embarrassing "While You Were Out" phone messages that might be left for famous people, in plain sight, while they are away from their desks.  CUL   Text file  Art Grinath  Text file 
July 27, 1997 228  MAKE MY DAY  Supply advice to today's spoiled kids about how bad things were when we were growing up.  CUL   Text file  Barry Blyveis  Text file 
November 2, 1997 242  SACRED COW PIES  Take cheap shots at sacred institutions only, places and things that are so noble and wholesome they are beyond reproach, from among the items provided.  POL CUL REL   Text file  Charlie Steinhice  Text file 
December 21, 1997 249  BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS  Supply a silver lining for any scourge or social ill facing America or the world.  CUL POL   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
May 10, 1998 269  SIGNS, AND THE TIMES  Come up with new, helpful signage for downtown streets. You must state the problem, and propose the sign to rectify it.  CUL POL   Text file  David Litman  Text file 
October 4, 1998 290  THE WORLD THEORIES  Codify some of life's more populist theories.  CUL   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
November 22, 1998 297  FREE FOR OIL  Take any article in today's paper, and write an outraged letter to the editor about it that totally misses the point, either by misreading a word or misunderstanding the topic.  WAS CUL POL REL   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
January 3, 1999 303  BOOM TIMES  Come up with old and new concerns for the baby boom generation.  CUL   Text file | Post e-version  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post e-version 
January 24, 1999 306  YOUNGIAN THERAPY  Suggest ways in which the Style Invitational or any other Washington area institution can become more relevant to younger people.  WAS STY CUL   Text file | Post e-version  Meg Sullivan  Text file | Post e-version 
January 31, 1999 307  IF YOU BOYCOTT THIS TASK / YOU WON'T WIN THE FLASK  Come up with rhyming couplets to warn us about the perils of modern life.  POE CUL   Text file  Howard Walderman  Text file 
February 14, 1999 309  A STINKING PILE OF THESES  Write an all-purpose first line or paragraph for any doctoral dissertation, designed to impress the heck out of academics.  CUL   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
February 28, 1999 311  A JERRY-BUILT CONTEST  Find cleverly disguised threats to public morality or hallowed American values that may be secretly lurking out there in our culture.  CUL POL   Text file  Joseph Romm  Text file 
September 10, 2000 366
(XXXIII) 
Just Fulghum  Come up with a list of at least three Major Life Lessons one can learn from any of the venues provided.  CUL   Text file  Martin Bredeck  Text file 
November 5, 2000 374
(XLI) 
Bill Us Later  Take a well-known expression and update it for the new millennium.  CUL   Text file  Twyla Vernon  Text file 
December 10, 2000 379
(XLVI) 
Rather Unusual  Come up with lines that could be uttered by Dan Rather, with his unbearably folksy excesses.  CUL   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
December 31, 2000 382
(XLIX) 
Pickup Schticks  Write inept pickup lines, by either sex, to either sex.  CUL   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
April 22, 2001 398
(LXV) 
Animal Magnetism  Make great literature and/or a significant expression of the human condition out of the provided randomly-selected words. Use whatever punctuation you choose and any of the words, but only those words, and use them only once.  LIT CUL WOR   Text file  Brian Foster  Text file 
May 6, 2001 400
(LXVII) 
Life Is Snort  Write a "Life is Short" entry in under 100 words, in the voice of a celebrity, living or dead.  CUL   Text file  Don Burdett  Text file 
June 17, 2001 406
(LXXIII) 
Bum Steerage  Offer some spectacularly bad advice to any of the provided people.  CUL   Text file  David Moore  Text file 
August 5, 2001 413
(LXXX) 
Bland Ambition  Come up with one or more items from an underachiever's list of midlife resolutions.  CUL   Text file  Gail Fiorini  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 
March 10, 2002 444
(CXI) 
Advice Squad  Take any letter from today's advice columns and answer it in the voice of someone famous, living or dead.  CUL   Text file  Mike Genz  Text file 
July 28, 2002 464
(CXXXI) 
Cursive Writing  Come up with a new curse for this millennium.  CUL   Text file  Art Grinath  Text file 
September 1, 2002 469
(CXXXVI) 
Playing Check-In  Suggest appropriate hotel check-in names for any celebrities, past or present, living or dead.  CUL   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
November 3, 2002 478
(CXLV) 
Do You Mindset?  Anticipate items for the Mindset List for the freshman class of the year 2020.  CUL   Text file  Tony Noerpel  Text file 
February 2, 2003 491
(CLVIII) 
Hirschfeld Follies  Try to figure out which celebrities Bob Staake is trying to draw in imitation of Al Hirschfeld.  CUL   Text file  Ben Pitkin  Text file 
July 20, 2003 515  A Cellebration of Tasteful Living  Come up with ways that Martha Stewart can prettify and improve her new prison surroundings using only her skills, her impeccable taste and those resources available to her.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Chuck Smith  Text file | Post PDF 
August 10, 2003 518  Say, Kids, What Time Is It?  Fill in the blanks in the following sentence: "You know it's time to ------ when ------."  CUL   Text file  Michael Connaghan  Text file 
September 7, 2003 522  Being There  Set the agenda for a flash mob, one of those existential, Web-arranged, sudden, pointless, instantaneous but brief gatherings of people at odd places, to do odd things.  CUL   Text file  Sarah Worcester  Text file 
September 14, 2003 523  Hard to Overstate  Propose ways to make modern life just a little bit harder than it needs to be.  CUL   Text file  Danny Bravman  Text file 
October 12, 2003 527  Rite of First Defusal  Come up with witty or bizarre things to say to defuse the tension in awkward moments.  CUL   Text file  Mark Young  Text file 
November 23, 2003 533  Breed Apart  Mate the clones of any two famous real people, living or dead--a male and a female, please--and hypothesize what traits or skills their offspring might have.  CUL   Text file  Tom Witte  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 
January 11, 2004 540  Revisionist History, or Badenov for You?  State any news event (or old event) in the style of the Rocky-and-Bullwinkle teasers about the next show.  CUL   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
March 7, 2004 548  Inklings  Tell us about certain people's childhood experiences and behaviors that hint at their destinies.  CUL   Text file  Walt Johnston  Text file 
December 5, 2004 587  The B-List  Come up with an In-Out list for 2005, or other pairings.  CUL   Text file  Joseph Romm  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 
September 4, 2005 626  Course Light  Come up with a comical college class, along with a description for the course catalog.  CUL   Text file  Doug Frank  Text file 
December 4, 2005 639  What's the Small Idea?  Do you have a senseless idea for improving the day-to-day lives of everyday Americans?  CUL   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
April 16, 2006 658  Not in the Cards  Send us ideas for cards that would likely be ruled "FBN" (Funny, But No) by Hallmark but F&YYY by the Empress.  LET CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Randy Lee  Text file | Post PDF 
April 23, 2006 659  Tell Us a Fib  Compose a six-line poem with the following number of syllables per line: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. It must be about a person or topic currently in the news, and two successive lines must rhyme.  POE CUL   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
June 25, 2006 668  Cut From the Chase  Write an original John-Bunnell-style wrap-up to a crime story -- or one for a more minor transgression.  CUL   Text file  Bob Sprague  Text file 
October 22, 2006 685  Thank it Over  Tell us some things to be thankful for.  CUL   Text file  Bruce Alter  Text file 
March 11, 2007 704  Another Game of Tag  Create vanity plates for well-known people, real or fictional.  CUL   Text file  Phyllis Reinhard  Text file 
December 22, 2007 745  Hurry Up and Slow Down!  Suggest particular ways that would slow life down, or ways that would speed it up.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Christopher Lamora  Text file | Post PDF 
January 5, 2008 747  Boeing Us Silly  Suggest some comical ways to improve air travel, either in general or for yourself.  CUL   Text file  Beverley Sharp  Text file 
May 10, 2008 764  Can You Up Chuck?  Come up with entirely new and funny Chuck Norris Facts.  CUL   Text file  Robert Gallagher  Text file 
July 5, 2008 772  Make It Simile, Stupid  Translate a sentence or two of literature or other good writing so that "Los Angeles residents under 40" can appreciate it.  LAN LIT CUL   Text file  Mike Ostapiej  Text file 
July 19, 2008 774  Tour De Forks  Supply a name for a restaurant dish named after someone (or some product or organization) and describe it.  WOR CUL   Text file  Kevin Dopart  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 
September 27, 2008 784  Words to The Wiseacres  Give us some proverbs for 21st-century life.  CUL   Text file  Michael Dailey  Text file 
November 8, 2008 790  If Only!  Explain how the world would be different had some event not occurred.  POL HIS CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF 
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 
May 23, 2009 818  Name the Day  Cite an actual holiday or one of those silly commemorative days, weeks or months for which you can find previous evidence, and supply a snarky description or slogan.  CUL   Text file  Don Kirkpatrick  Text file 
June 20, 2009 822  For Real Folks  Suggest some attractions for a Festival of Real American Folklife.  CUL   Text file  Wayne Rodgers  Text file 
June 19, 2010 874  Stat Us  Write a funny Facebook status line.  CUL   Text file  Dudley Thompson  Text file 
June 26, 2010 875  Fail Us  Give us a funny Learn From My Fail-type lesson, 30 words or fewer, true or not, in your own words or attributed to a famous personage.  CUL   Text file  Drew Bennett  Text file 
July 10, 2010 877  Quipped from the headlines  Write a rhyming couplet about some matter in the news.  POE CUL   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
December 11, 2010 898  Pre-current events  Predict some humorous news event that would happen in 2011.  CUL   Text file  Arthur Adams  Text file 
May 1, 2011 917  Wryku  Write a haiku--a sentiment that can be broken into three lines with exactly five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third--on any subject that's been in the news in the last couple of weeks.  POE CUL   Text file  Danny Bravman  Text file 
August 14, 2011 932  We'll call them your-mama jokes  Tell us an original "your mama" joke.  CUL   Text file | Post e-version  Ben Aronin  Text file | Post e-version 
September 4, 2011 935  The 400 blows  Write a humorous poem--choose your form--about the Virginia earthquake, Hurricane Irene or another well-known natural event.  POE CUL   Text file  Matt Monitto  Text file 
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 
June 10, 2012 975  Gone mything  Debunk a "Sixth Myth" about one of more of the recent "5 Myths" topics provided.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF 
July 1, 2012 978  A reason to rhyme the news  Write a short verse about something that's been in the news recently.  POE CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 11, 2012 996  A Life-Time opportunity  Combine two magazines or journals and describe the result, supply a marketing pitch, or suggest a story or two that it might publish.  CUL   Text file  Lawrence McGuire  Text file 
January 20, 2013 1006  It's a ... a ...  Create a new superhero (or duo) and describe the superpower, or not-very-superpower.  CUL   Text file | Post e-version  Michael Reinemer  Text file | Post e-version 
March 10, 2013 1012  The news at 5  Write a limerick about a recent news event.  LIM CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 28, 2013 1019  What a turnoff  Tell us some creative things that children and families could do during Screen-Free Week.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Art Grinath  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 9, 2013 1025  In so many words  Create an original backronym for a name or other term, especially one that's been in the news lately.  WOR CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jay Cummings  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 27, 2013 1044  Play it safe  Come up with a comically safety-conscious rule for the workplace or elsewhere.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Stan McCoy  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 22, 2014 1077  Time marches Swiftly  Give us a novel Tom Swifty, playing on either an adverb or a verb (e.g., "We care about the little people, the BP chairman gushed").  WOR CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Greg Arnold  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 3, 2014 1083  Everybody get appy  Offer up an idea for either a humorously useful app or a humorously counterproductive one. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robert Falk  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 17, 2014 1085  Eww-venirs: Ideas for gift shops  Suggest a humorous--but NOT horribly tasteless--tchotchke, T-shirt, etc., from a real or imagined gift shop at a particular tourist site. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Michael Duffy  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 31, 2014 1087  The core ridiculum  Come up with a comical class (any type of school) and provide a course catalog description. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 5, 2014 1092  Are we having funds yet?  Suggest a humorous fundraising "challenge" for any organization. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  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 
December 14, 2014 1102  Let's get Sirius  Suggest a new radio channel and describe it. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Pam Sweeney  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 11, 2015 1106  Show your resolve  Suggest a New Year's resolution that someone might make 100 or more years in the future. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nancy Schwalb  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 12, 2015 1119  We want hue so bad  Invent a name for a color and describe it. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John McCooey  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 7, 2015 1127  From the creators of …  Think up a spinoff of a real TV series, past or present, and furnish a description or bit of dialogue. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 14, 2015 1128  Drone for a loop  Give us some novel uses for a CICADA micro-drone, assuming that anyone can get one, and that it can have a micro-camera, micro-grips, etc. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Lawrence McGuire  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 5, 2015 1131  One man's trash  Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Prevar  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 2, 2015 1135  The meter's running  Suggest actions in daily life that should require a time limit -- maximum or minimum -- and come with an appropriate penalty for running over (or under). (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 30, 2015 1138  Show us your touché  Offer an elegantly snide (and original) insult of anyone living or dead. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mae Scanlan  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 15, 2015 1149  Gestures of depreciation  Suggest ways to celebrate National Love Your Lawyer Day -- or a made-up "holiday" celebrating some other profession.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 29, 2015 1151  To [a glass], snarkly  Write a short, snarky (but witty) note to one of the provided glassbowls. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 10, 2016 1183  C'mon, be honest with us  Write something in roughly the form "If X were more honest, (then) Y." (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Annette Green  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 27, 2016 1203  You've got the powers  Tell us what you would do if you had one or more of the six magical powers provided. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Rob Huffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 27, 2017 1242  Generation Yux  Give us a "then/now" joke. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Bruce Carlson  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 
September 17, 2017 1245  Call us reprehensible …  Complain in a humorously missing-the-point way about something that has appeared in The Washington Post (in print or online) recently, or in another publication. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Dave Garratt  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 8, 2017 1248  C'mon, fess up!  Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding.  CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Rob Huffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 29, 2017 1251  Thanking outside the box  Tell us something to be thankful for. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John O'Byrne  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 31, 2017 1260  What lies (are) ahead for 2018  Jokingly predict some news event to happen in 2018. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Steve Honley  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 
March 25, 2018 1272  The hex files: creative curses  Come up with a creative curse. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 2, 2018 1295  Really, now? A matter of degree.  Tell us an indication to some problem, followed by an even more dire sign. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brian Allgar  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 4, 2018 1304  All the muse that's fit to print  Present a "what if" scenario and explain its effect.  HIS CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 23, 2018 1311  Nextra! Nextra! The year in preview  Name some humorous event to happen in 2019.  CUL POL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ira Allen  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 
July 14, 2019 1340  Not-ables -- slightly alter a famous name  Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage -- past or present, real or fictional -- and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both.  LET CUL HIS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jonathan Jensen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 8, 2019 1361  2020 vision -- the year in preview  Name some humorous news event to happen in 2020. (Conversational textCUL POL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 19, 2020 1367  Pick me up at work, okay?  Give a pickup line from someone in a particular profession, or from a particular person or fictional character. (Conversational textCUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Alan Duxbury  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