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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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THEME: HEA

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
April 25, 1993 I AM SPURIOUS (YELLOW)  Write a headline for the Weekly World News (Maximum length, 10 words)  HEA   Text file | Post PDF  Byron Baker  Text file | Post PDF 
October 2, 1994 81  HEADS, YOU LOSE  Take any two or more headlines anywhere in today's Washington Post, and combine them to make a funnier headline.  HEA WAS   Text file | Post PDF  Dave Zarrow  Text file | Post PDF 
January 8, 1995 95  HOW'S THAT AGAIN?  Take any headline appearing anywhere in The Post this week and completely rewrite the first lines of the story to put a different, unintended spin on it.  HEA   Text file | Post PDF  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF 
June 18, 1995 118  WEAK 118  Take any photo caption or headline appearing anywhere in today's Post and alter its meaning by adding, deleting, or changing one letter.  CAP HEA WAS   Text file  Elden Carnahan  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 
August 25, 1996 180  WHEN IN DOUBT, PUN  Take any headline in today's Post and improve it by somehow turning it into a pun.  HEA WAS   Text file  Jennifer Hart
Kate Renner 
Text file 
October 26, 1997 241  CAN YOU BEAT THIS?  Come up with headlines describing the defeat of one pro team by another.  HEA   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
November 26, 2000 377
(XLIV) 
Week MMDCXLIV  Provide a headline (and, if necessary, the first line of the text) for any article that will appear in The Washington Post on this day in the year 2050.  HEA HIS   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF 
March 4, 2001 391
(LVIII) 
Spinning Out of Control  Take a headline in today's Washington Post and create a subhead that spins the story in an opposite or unexpected direction.  HEA   Text file  Sarah Worcester  Text file 
April 14, 2002 449
(CXVI) 
Cut and Pastiche  Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in today's Post. You cannot subdivide words.  HEA   Text file  Dave Zarrow  Text file 
December 8, 2002 483
(CL) 
Obitter Fate  Give us an obit headline for some famous person, currently living or dead.  HEA   Text file  Dan Steinberg  Text file 
December 21, 2003 537  The New York Post  Liven up any article appearing in The Washington Post or its Web site over the next eight days by giving it an irresponsibly sensationalistic headline.  WAS HEA   Text file  Milo Sauer  Text file 
November 7, 2004 583  Mess With Our Heads  Take any headline, verbatim, from the Washington Post or its Web site from today through next Sunday, and reinterpret it by writing either a "bank headline"--or subtitle--or the first sentence of an article that changes the original meaning entirely.  HEA   Text file  Michelle Stupak  Text file 
October 30, 2005 634  Mess With Our Heads  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from today through next Sunday, and change its meaning by adding either a "bank headline," or subtitle, or the first sentence of an article that might appear under it.  HEA   Text file  G. Smith  Text file 
January 29, 2006 647  Paste Imperfect  Change a headline or sentence that appears in the Post or on washingtonpost.com through Feb. 6 either by deleting up to 40 consecutive characters from it or by adding 40 consecutive characters from the same article or ad.  HEA LET   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
July 30, 2006 673  Mess With Our Heads  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on Washingtonpost.com from July 30 through Aug. 7 and reinterpret it by adding either a "bank headline," or subtitle, or the first sentence of an article that might appear under it.  HEA   Text file  Fred Winter  Text file 
June 17, 2007 718  Put Our Heads Together  Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in a single day's Washington Post (or on washingtonpost.com)  HEA   Text file  Mae Scanlan  Text file 
March 15, 2008 756  Mess With Our Heads  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from March 15 through 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.  HEA   Text file  Christopher Lamora  Text file 
December 6, 2008 794  Ripped Off From the Headlines  Send us some Onion-type headlines.  HEA   Text file  Malcolm Fleschner  Text file 
February 14, 2009 804  Our Type o' Joke  Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com between Feb. 14 and 23, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead) or a brief first sentence of an article that would run under it.  HEA   Text file  Jay Shuck  Text file 
August 15, 2009 830  Mess With Our Heads  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 14 through Aug. 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.  HEA   Text file  Beverley Sharp  Text file 
September 11, 2010 885  Mess with our heads  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 10 through Sept. 20 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head."  HEA   Text file  Elden Carnahan  Text file 
April 24, 2011 916  Bank shots  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from April 22 through May 2 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.  HEA   Text file  John Shea  Text file 
October 9, 2011 940  Our type o' headline  Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, or change spacing or punctuation, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead).  HEA LET   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
March 4, 2012 961  The end of our rhops  Write a funny passage or headline whose words all have the same number of letters.  LET HEA WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF 
September 9, 2012 987  Bank shots  Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.  HEA   Text file  Melissa Balmain  Text file 
April 14, 2013 1017  Vowel play  Write a "univocalic" newspaper headline -- one that uses only one vowel throughout.  LET HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 17, 2013 1047  Bank shots  Quote a headline appearing in The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com or another publication, print or online, dated Nov. 14 to Nov. 25, and supply a humorous "bank" headline that either misinterprets it or comments wryly on it.  HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 25, 2014 1073  Bank shots: Mess with (y)our heads  Quote a headline appearing in the Washington Post, washington.com or another publication, print or headline, dated May 22 to June 1, and supply a "bank" headline that either misinterprets it, as in the examples above, or comments wryly on it.  HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Michael Gips  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 8, 2015 1114  Awww together now  Write us a humorous headline -- from the past, present, or future -- that puts an optimistic perspective on some otherwise not-so-promising news. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 15, 2015 1115  Our type o' headline  Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Gary Crockett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 20, 2015 1141  Mess with our heads  Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online) Sept. 17-28 by writing a bankhead, or subtitle. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 14, 2016 1162  An 8-year Re-Onion  Write a fictional Onion-type headline. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Neal Starkman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 4, 2016 1191  Mess with our heads  Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) and dated Sept. 1-12 by writing a bank head, or subtitle (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Roy Ashley  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 12, 2017 1218  Mess with our -- or anyone else's -- heads  Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online or another publication dated March 9-20) by writing a bankhead, or subtitle. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ellen Ryan  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 16, 2017 1223  Post again out to mislead public!  Write a humorously sensationalistic, misleading headline on an otherwise mundane article or ad published in The Post or elsewhere from April 13 to April 24. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jon Gearhart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 23, 2017 1237  Our alliteracy campaign  Rewrite an existing headline from any  publication, print or online — about something in the  news from July 20 to 31, by using alliteration.  HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeffrey Contompasis  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 4, 2018 1269  Mess with our (or other) heads  Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) or another publication and dated March 1-12 by writing a bank head. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 16, 2018 1297  A different type o' headline contest  Change a letter in an article or ad in the Post or another publication dated Sept. 13-24 by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting a letter; transposing two letters; or changing spacing or punctuation; and then add a "bank head." (Conversational textHEA LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 14, 2019 1327  Mess with our (or anyone's) heads  Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline (or a big part of a headline) by writing a bank head, or subtitle.  HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 12, 2019 1331  Paste Imperfect  Choose a headline or sentence from The Post or another publication, print or online, dated May 9-20, 2019. Then change that headline or other text by:
     A. Deleting up to 40 consecutive characters from it (put brackets around the deleted text);
     B. Adding up to 40 consecutive characters from the same article or ad (write the additions in capital letters);
     or C. Both A and B, as long as the added text goes at the end of your headline or sentence. 
HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 15, 2020 1375  Mess With Our Heads  Reinterpret an actual headline (or a major part of it) by adding a bank head, or subtitle. (Conversational textHEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Michelle Christophorou  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version