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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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THEME: MOV

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
August 29, 1993 26  CASTING ABOUT FOR AN IDEA  Name a political person (past or present) and the TV or movie role in which he or she could have been cast.  MOV POL TEL   Text file | Post PDF  John Mazza  Text file | Post PDF 
April 10, 1994 58  PLAY IT AGAIN, DENZEL  Bring Casablanca into the 1990s. Write the opening of a plot outline, in 120 words or fewer.  MOV   Text file | Post PDF  David Laughton  Text file | Post PDF 
September 3, 1995 129  REMAKE US HAPPY  Come up with alternative story lines to movie titles, new or old.  MOV   Text file  Chuck Smith
Tom Witte
Sarah Worcester 
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October 22, 1995 136  NEW END IN SIGHT  Come up with new endings to make literary classics more suitable for Hollywood in the 1990s.  MOV   Text file  Jerry Podlesak  Text file 
January 11, 1998 252  MAKE YOUR MOVIE  Propose people who were the secret inspiration for famous movies.  MOV   Text file | Post PDF  Charlie Steinhice  Text file | Post PDF 
May 30, 1999 324  A PREQUEL OPPORTUNITY OFFERING  Come up with a "prequel" to some classic film or work of literature. You must produce a title and a brief plot summary, which of course must take place prior to the main action of the original work.  MOV   Text file  Aaron Kravitz  Text file 
July 9, 2000 357
(XXIV) 
Coming to a Bad End  Take some immortal line from literature or film and ruin it by adding a short phrase or sentence.  MOV   Text file  Joseph Romm  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 
March 25, 2001 394
(LXI) 
Life in the Blurbs  Come up with a blurb used to sell a real or imagined book or movie that would be likely to have the opposite of the intended effect.  LIT MOV   Text file  Christina Mach  Text file 
April 29, 2001 399
(LXVI) 
IT PAYS TO BE GENDEROUS  Write a short film description that could persuade a woman that the guy movie he wants to see is really close to being a gal movie, or vice versa.  MOV   Text file  Robin Grove  Text file 
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 
October 14, 2001 423
(XC) 
Roling With Laughter  Take a character from one movie, use him or her to replace a character in a second movie, and then explain how this change would affect the second movie.  MOV   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
February 24, 2002 442
(CIX) 
Titletales  Take any real book or movie, change one word slightly, and describe the resulting new product.  LIT MOV WOR   Text file  Jeffrey Martin  Text file 
June 30, 2002 460
(CXXVII) 
Pompous Assets  Come up with the first paragraph of a review of a real book or movie, past or present, that is narcissistic, pretentious, and self-aggrandizing.  LIT MOV   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
July 14, 2002 462
(CXXIX) 
Cast Away  Come up with a terrible bit of miscasting in a movie or TV show, past or present, real or imagined.  MOV TEL   Text file  William Rothstein  Text file 
September 21, 2003 524  Around Things Moving  Take the title of any book or movie, rearrange the words, and explain what the new book or movie is about.  LIT MOV WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Russell Beland  Text file | Post PDF 
May 15, 2005 610  MASH  Find two well-known movies, plays, or TV shows whose title have a significant word in common, combine their titles, and describe the hybrid.  MOV LIT TEL WOR   Text file  Paul Whittemore  Text file 
June 12, 2005 614  In-Stock Characters  Pitch us an idea for a summer movie featuring two or more of the provided characters.  MOV   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
August 28, 2005 625  Haven't Seen It  Make up a new plot for an existing movie title.  MOV   Text file  Kevin Jamison  Text file 
November 27, 2005 638  The Little Bummer Boy  Come up with an idea (and title, if you like) for an original Christmas movie or TV special that provides an antidote to all the sap, and give us a brief synopsis.  MOV TEL   Text file  P. H. Stevenson  Text file 
February 26, 2006 651  Show Us Some Character  Add a character to a book or movie and tell us what happens in it.  LIT MOV   Text file | Post PDF  Jay Shuck  Text file | Post PDF 
May 7, 2006 661  Name Any Good Movies Lately?  Give us a funny new title for an existing movie.  MOV   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF 
December 17, 2006 693  Everything Being Sequel  Give a brief scenario for the sequel to a well-known movie.  MOV   Text file  Andy Bassett  Text file 
July 29, 2007 724  Abridged Too Far  Sum up a book, play or movie in a humorous rhyming verse of two to four lines.  POE LIT MOV   Text file  Ellen Raphaeli  Text file 
June 7, 2008 768  The Events Described Herein Are Entirely Fictitious  Come up with fictitious movie trivia.  MOV TRI   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
June 21, 2008 770  A Knack for Anachronism  Take a famous historical moment, literary passage, or movie scene and place it in an entirely different age.  HIS LIT MOV   Text file  Peter Metrinko  Text file 
January 9, 2010 851  Going to the shrink  Downsize the title of a book, movie or play to make it smaller or less momentous and describe it.  LIT MOV   Text file  Adam Beland
Russell Beland 
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May 29, 2010 871  Remarquees  Change a movie title by one letter (or number, if the title includes a number) and describe the new film.  LET MOV   Text file  Gary Crockett  Text file 
February 27, 2011 908  Recast away  Fire an actor or actress from a movie or TV show, past or present, and offer a replacement for the role.  MOV TEL   Text file  Gary Crockett  Text file 
July 17, 2011 928  Play feature  Use the title of a movie as the answer to a riddle or other question.  MOV QUE   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
October 2, 2011 939  MASH 2: The Retread  Combine two movie titles and describe the result.  MOV   Text file  Kathye Hamilton  Text file 
November 13, 2011 945  Laugh-baked ideas  Cleverly depict a person, event or phenomenon of the 21st century — real history as well as scenes from movies, books, videos, etc. — using edible materials, and send us a photo of your creation.  PIX HIS MOV LIT   Text file | Post PDF  Alethea Dopart
Kevin Dopart 
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June 3, 2012 974  Eat our dust!  Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.  LIM LIT TEL MOV POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle
 
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February 10, 2013 1008  Switched reels  Re-arrange all the words in the title of a movie, and describe the resulting work. (Conversational textWOR MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Roy Ashley  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 14, 2013 1029  Ditty Harry  Write a descriptive theme song for a well-known movie, set to a well-known tune.  MOV MUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 1, 2013 1049  Be rating  Come up with a new movie rating and describe it.  MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John Shea  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 1, 2014 1074  Let's go parody-hopping  Describe a stage or movie musical in a parody of a song from a different musical.  POE MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 3, 2016 1169  Be caustic by acrostic  Review or otherwise describe a movie, book, play or TV show (or Internet equivalent) with words whose first letters spell out the name of the work. (Conversational textMOV LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kurt Stahl  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 2, 2016 1195  Don't change a letter!  Alter a movie title only by changing word spacing, changing capitalization, and adding or deleting punctuation marks, accents, etc., then describe the result. (Conversational textMOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 21, 2017 1228  That movie is SO about you  Name someone who was the "secret inspiration" for a certain movie. (Conversational textMOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 6, 2017 1239  MASH 3   Combine two movie titles and  describe the result. (Conversational textMOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jon Gearhart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 1, 2017 1247  Script tease  Offer a quote from a script whose title you've given a different plot.  MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Drew Bennett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 5, 2018 1291  Film flam -- movie anagrams  Rearrange the letters of a title of a movie or play to make a new title, then describe the new work. (Conversational textMOV LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chuck Helwig  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 7, 2018 1300  Botch office sensations  Add "13" to an existing movie title, and some humorous trouble to the plot. (Conversational textMOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Dave Matuskey  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 17, 2019 1323  Selected shortened subjects  Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie.  LET MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Peckarsky  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 13, 2019 1353  What's playing at the retroplex  Change a movie title to its "opposite" by reversing one or more words; then describe the new movie. (Conversational textMOV WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Rifkin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 7, 2020 1387  Movie clips -- drop letters from the middle of a title  Delete one or more letters (they must be consecutive) from the middle of a movie title, and describe the resulting new movie. (Conversational textLET MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Sue Lin Chong  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 26, 2020 1394  Two movies, one line  Cite a real or coined line, or give a description, that could work for two different movies, plays or TV shows. (Conversational textMOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version