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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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THEME: MUS

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
January 29, 1995 98  YOUR CHEATIN' ART  Come up with titles for country music songs featuring any one or more of the following themes: cheatin', thievin', drinkin', truckin', lovin' or dogs.  MUS   Text file  Anthony Roisman
Lois Roisman 
Text file 
June 25, 1995 119  MUZAK TO OUR EAR  Come up with unfortunate Muzak songs to hear on the phone while on hold. You can use either a song title or a lyric.  MUS   Text file  Howard Tenenbaum  Text file 
May 19, 1996 166  DOO WAH DOODY  We are looking for really bad lyrics to real rock songs. Your lyrics must be from a reasonably popular song, and you must include the name of the singer or songwriter.  POE MUS   Text file  Carolyn Armstrong
Scott Barney
Don Beale
Dave Ferry
Jane Hanna
Jessica Mathews
Dean Meservy
Arthur J. Murphy
Steve Rouzer
Sandy Tenenbaum
Jeff Wadler
Pam Wadler 
Text file 
June 8, 1997 221  SONG SUNG BROWN  Pick any song, pick a well-known line, and give us the discarded first draft. If it is part of a rhyme, you must maintain the rhyme.  POE MUS   Text file  Lily Fu Swenson  Text file 
December 7, 1997 247  BLACK AND WHITE AND WED ALL OVER  Propose the marriage of any two people, and the song they should not play at their wedding. The people must be a man and a woman.  MUS   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
July 16, 2000 358
(XXV) 
Finish the Fire  Finish "We Didn't Start the Fire," to summarize 1990 to the present.  MUS   Text file  Chris Doyle  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 
July 10, 2005 618  Of D.C. I Sing  Give us a song about Washington, set to a recognizable tune.  POE MUS   Text file  Barb Sarshik  Text file 
November 13, 2005 636  A Song From Tex Arcana  Write a verse of a song about sea urchin sushi or any of the other provided ostensibly unlyrical topics.  POE MUS   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
February 12, 2006 649  Across the Wide What?  Give us some Virginia-appropriate lyrics for "Shenandoah."  POE MUS   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
September 24, 2006 681  Ticket to Write  Write a jingle for a business (or its product), organization or government agency, set to a Beatles song.  POE BUS POL MUS   Text file  Jay Shuck  Text file 
July 11, 2009 825  Disinstrumentals  Write some words to music that has no words.  POE MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 14, 2009 843  Prefrains  Provide a sentence or two of lead-in to the first line of a well-known book, poem, or song.  LIT MUS POE   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
March 27, 2010 862  Be cheerful  Send us a cheer or fight song for any pro sports team or any national team.  POE MUS ATH   Text file     
July 3, 2010 876  Oilies but goodies  Write lyrics somehow related to the oil spill, set to an existing tune.  POE MUS   Text file  Mae Scanlan  Text file 
July 24, 2011 929  Now sit right back ...  Write a funny song introducing a TV show, past or present.  MUS TEL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 5, 2012 982  The parody line  Set your own, humorous words to the tune of a well-known song--except that you must preserve one of the original lines.  POE MUS   Text file | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post e-version 
March 31, 2013 1015  Faux re mi  Give us some humorously false trivia about music or musicians.  MUS TRI   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Paul Kondis  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 
October 6, 2013 1041  What have you got to lose?  Answer a question, real or rhetorical, that appears in a song.  MUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Trevor Kerr  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 3, 2013 1045  Songs for the asking  Take a sentence, phrase or title from a song and provide a funny question it might answer.  MUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 9, 2014 1059  With parens like these   Add some words in parentheses to a well-known song title to make it funnier in some way.  WOR MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 27, 2014 1082  Band on the pun  Alter the name of a music group or performer slightly -- not necessarily by just one letter, but enough so it's obvious what the original is -- and describe it in some way. (Conversational textMUS WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 21, 2014 1103  Themes good enough for us  Suggest an existing song to be used as the theme for a TV series or program for comic effect. (Conversational textMUS TEL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 1, 2015 1113  Our occasional parodies  Write a song celebrating someone's birthday or other personal occasion (rather than, say, a holiday), set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textMUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 29, 2015 1117  You got another sing coming  Write a song about a topic or person lately in the news, set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textMUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Stephen Gold  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 24, 2015 1125  The song remains the sa  Supply a real song title that has the end or beginning -- or, what the heck, both -- chopped off and describe it. (Conversational textMUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Tom Panther  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 20, 2015 1154  Tabby Road -- songs for cats  Write a song for -- or about -- cats or other animals, set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textMUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Stephen Gold  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 17, 2016 1171  What's my (next) line?  Take a line from any song and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous rhyming couplet; the second line should match the rhythm of the first, rather than the second line of the song itself. (Conversational textMUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Etelson  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 24, 2016 1172  Pieces of 'Pie'  Write a short passage -- an observation, a joke, a dialogue, a poem, anything -- using only words that appear in the song "American Pie".  WOR MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mary Kappus  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 29, 2016 1177  The ballad box  Write a song related to this year's elections, set to a familiar tune.  MUS POL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Matt Monitto  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 20, 2016 1202  Don't be afraid of the dark  Write lyrics to a song that, in some way, express hope. (Conversational textPOE MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 4, 2018 1265  Parody for the course  Write a song relating to a class or course of instruction, or to school in general. (Conversational textMUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 8, 2018 1287  It's parody time: Oldies for newsies  Write some song lyrics about something in the news these days, set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textMUS POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 18, 2018 1306  PolitiCaroling: A song parody contest  Write a song about something in the news lately -- political or otherwise -- using a Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's tune.  MUS POL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 7, 2019 1339  Songs for a modern error  Write humorous lyrics about some modern woe, set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textPOE MUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 10, 2019 1357  It's parody time!  Write a satirical song about anything in the news right now, set to a familiar tune. (Conversational textMUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Hildy Zampella  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 5, 2020 1378  It's (emergency) Parody Time  Write a song about life in the Age of Corona, set to a familiar tune (or even one of your own, if you perform it on video). (Conversational textMUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  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