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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: JOK

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
June 13, 1993 15  PUNCH US  Complete any of the provided jokes in 75 words or fewer.  JOK   Text file | Post PDF  Dan Thomas  Text file | Post PDF 
June 26, 1994 70  SOUNDS LIKE A BAD IDEA  Come up with jokes based on noises.  JOK   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
February 12, 1995 100  THE JOKE'S ON YOU  Retell any of these jokes as they would be told by some celebrity, living or dead.  JOK   Text file  Paul Kondis  Text file 
May 21, 1995 114  THE JOKE'S ON YOU  Come up with jokes to culminate in any of these six punch lines.  JOK   Text file  Greg Arnold
Russell Beland
Jerry Pannullo 
Text file 
February 25, 1996 154  ENTER LAUGHING  Make up a knock-knock joke. The subject of the third line must be something crude, silly, or profound.  JOK   Text file  Kevin Cuddihy  Text file 
June 2, 1996 168  LICENSE TO CARRY A PUN  Come up with original jokes like those provided.  JOK   Text file  Dave Zarrow  Text file 
September 7, 1997 234  THE JOKE'S ON YOU  Complete any of the provided jokes as it would be told by someone famous, living or dead.  JOK   Text file  Stephen A. Simon  Text file 
February 8, 1998 256  THE PYLE INVITATIONAL  Come up with hip, contemporary riddles and answers. The punch line must contain a painful pun.  JOK   Text file  Dave Ferry
Chuck Smith 
Text file 
March 8, 1998 260  IT'S A SNAP  Come up with replacements for the two hackneyed answers: "Is the Pope Catholic?" and "When Hell freezes over."  JOK   Text file  Sue Lin Chong  Text file 
April 2, 2000 343
(X) 
Eastwood Ho.  Create a Good-Bad-Ugly progression.  JOK   Text file  Teen Sheng  Text file 
April 30, 2000 347
(XIV) 
Capital Pun-ishment  Take an expression, or a lyric for a song, or any recognizable line of prose, and make it the punchline of an awful pun.  JOK LIT   Text file  Bill Strider  Text file 
August 6, 2000 361
(XXVIII) 
Bad Libs  Select one subject, one verb, and one object from the provided lists, and then answer the riddle you create.  WOR JOK   Text file  Edward Asher  Text file 
August 20, 2000 363
(XXX) 
It's Your Movie  Take the title of any movie and make it the answer to a riddle.  MOV JOK   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
October 1, 2000 369
(XXXVI) 
Punch Us  Complete any of the provided jokes.  JOK   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
June 24, 2001 407
(LXXIV) 
Adverbiage  Come up with a witticism or a joke by making a pun out of an adverb. Unlike Tom Swiftlys, your adverb must modify not a verb but an adjective.  JOK WOR   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
September 23, 2001 420
(LXXXVII) 
Ha Anxiety  Make us laugh.  JOK   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
January 20, 2002 437
(CIV) 
The Telegraph Poll  Tell us the beginning of a joke that badly telegraphs the punch line.  JOK   Text file  Seth Brown  Text file 
June 16, 2002 458
(CXXV) 
It's a Setup  Come up with joke setups for any of the provided punch lines.  JOK   Text file | Post PDF  William Zamojcin  Text file | Post PDF 
December 22, 2002 485
(CLII) 
Asterisky Business  Write a joke with a punch line depending on knowledge so esoteric that it requires an asterisked explanation.  JOK   Text file  Seth Brown  Text file 
May 16, 2004 558  Set Us Right  Send us conservative-leaning humor in any of the provided genres.  JOK   Text file  Danny Bravman  Text file 
September 5, 2004 574  Boor Us Silly  Come up with some unwise attempts at humor--one either likely to backfire or to create other unpleasant consequences.  JOK   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
June 19, 2005 615  Airy Persiflage  Write some jokes you'd like to hear in an airport announcement.  JOK   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
February 9, 2008 752  The Might-Mates Right  Fill out any of these five "you just might" joke-templates.  JOK   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
February 16, 2008 753  Hot Off The Riddle  Supply a simple riddle and both the wholesome answer and the (printable) Invitational answer.  JOK   Text file     
December 20, 2008 796  Sincerest Flattery  Make up a pun on a familiar name of a real of fictional person and provide a fitting description or quote.  JOK   Text file  Christopher Lamora  Text file 
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 
November 7, 2009 842  Ask backwards  Here are your 12 possible answers. Tell us your joke in the form of a question, please.  JOK JEO   Text file  Judy Blanchard  Text file 
March 6, 2010 859  Can't goods  Cast a joke in one of the forms listed above.  JOK   Text file  Beverley Sharp  Text file 
January 15, 2012 954  Bring on the 'fight' jokes  Tell us an original joke ending with “And then the fight started.”  JOK   Text file | Post PDF  David Genser  Text file | Post PDF 
March 17, 2013 1013  Har monikers  Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.  JOK WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Natalie Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 23, 2013 1026  'Might' makes ink  Give us a joke using any of the using any of the provided "you might be" templates.  JOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Art Grinath
 
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August 18, 2013 1034  What's to like?  Supply an original joke of the form "I like my [your choice] the way I like my [something else of your choice]: [some clever, funny parallel]."  JOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robert Falk  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 2, 2014 1058  Eastwood Ho  Create a good-bad-ugly progression.  JOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 8, 2015 1110  The mama of all humor  Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.  JOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Dave Silberstein  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 27, 2016 1168  Asterisky business  Tell us an original joke whose punchline can't be understood without knowledge -- not necessarily scientific -- that most of us don't have (which you'll supply with a concise explanation). (Conversational textJOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 31, 2019 1325  Stand up and jeer  Give us some original standup jokes that would have been good at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.  POL JOK   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 23, 2019 1337  Lidder me this: anagram riddles  Write a Q&A joke (or an A followed by a Q, if you're into "Jeopardy!") in which the punchline contains an anagram or one or more relevant words or names.  ANA JEO JOK QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 2, 2020 1369  Shoot us some oops  Tell us a concise original joke that revolves around a typo or misheard word. (Conversational textJOK WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 12, 2020 1379  Your wish: A pun -- a star  Tell a joke, in your choice of form, whose punchline is a pun on a song title or lyric. (Conversational textJOK WOR MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version