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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.

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PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
January 1, 1995 94  WEEKS 1-93  Come up with a great answer to any previous Style Invitational contest, an answer you may have thought of after the contest was over.  PRE   Text file  Gary McKethan  Text file 
June 22, 1997 223  ATTEMPTING REENTRY  Submit entries to any past contest, so long as you never submitted them before.  PRE   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
January 18, 1998 253  IT'S A PITY  Enter any of the provided contests. Winners will be judged entirely on the basis of how pitiful an attempt at humor the entry is.  PRE   Text file | Post PDF  David Sherman  Text file | Post PDF 
September 27, 1998 289  PLAY IT AGAIN, SHAM  Submit entries to any previous contest, ideas you might have thought of after the contest deadline had passed.  PRE   Text file  Joseph Romm  Text file 
December 2, 2001 430
(XCVII) 
OMB Directive No. 2  Revisit any contest The Style Invitational has ever run, and rewrite our tawdry past by proposing a new first-prize winner serious and/or decorous enough to please the Ombudsman.  PRE   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
January 26, 2003 490
(CLVII) 
Eyes on Reprise  Submit any good entries you might have thought of, for any previous contest, after the deadline passed.  PRE   Text file  Helene Haduch  Text file 
March 9, 2003 496  The Style Invitational: The First Dreckade  Submit new entries to any of the old contests listed, and try to beat The Very Best of the Past 10 Years.  PRE   Text file  Jeff Brechlin  Text file 
December 28, 2003 538  Try, Try Again  Enter any previous Invitational. Your entry must be substantially different from the original winners.  PRE   Text file  Drew Knoblauch  Text file 
November 6, 2005 635  I've Told You a Hundred Times  Enter any Style Invitational from Week 536 to Week 631. Your entry must be substantially different from the original winners.  PRE   Text file | Post PDF  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF 
December 10, 2006 692  Reinkernation  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 640 through Week 688. Every entry must include the word "three" or "third" or a creative variation.  PRE   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
October 13, 2007 735  Look Back in Inker  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 680 through Week 731.  PRE   Text file  Anne Paris  Text file 
November 29, 2008 793  Take The Fifth  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 725 through Week 789. Each entry must include the word "five" of "fifth" or something fiveish, or -- depending on your favorite anniversary tradition -- something involving (a) wood or (b) silverware.  PRE   Text file  Rob Cohen  Text file 
November 21, 2009 844  Healthy choice  Enter any Style Invitational from Week 790 through Week 840, except for Week 793 and Week 798.  PRE   Text file  John Shea  Text file 
November 13, 2010 894  Look Back in Inker  Enter any Style Invitational from Week 841 through Week 890 (except for Week 844).  PRE   Text file  Craig Dykstra  Text file 
December 4, 2011 948  Look back in Inker  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 891 through 945 (except for Week 896, which was the same contest for the previous year).  PRE   Text file  David Prevar  Text file 
December 2, 2012 999  Drectrospective  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 946 through Week 995, except for Week 948.  PRE   Text file  Lawrence McGuire  Text file 
March 3, 2013 1011  Top these!  Try your hand at any of the contests mentioned in this look back.  PRE   Text file | Post e-version  Robert Schechter  Text file | Post e-version 
December 7, 2014 1101  The year in redo  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1047 through Week 1097, except for Week 1050. (Conversational textPRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 6, 2015 1152  Oops? You do it again.  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1098 through Week 1148, except for Week 1101, last year's do-over. (Conversational textSTY PRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Gregory Koch  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 11, 2016 1205  Could we just have a do-over? Yes, we could.  Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1149 to 1201, except for Week 1152, last year's do-over. (Conversational textPRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  William C. Kennard  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 18, 2016 1206  Do-over the do-over -- enter any of the year's contests  Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1149 to 1202, except for Week 1152, last year's do-over. (Conversational textPRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 10, 2017 1257  The year in redo, Part 1  Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1203 through Week 1229, except for Weeks 1205 and 1206. (Conversational textPRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ivars Kuskevics  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 17, 2017 1258  The year in redo, Part 2  Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1230 through Week 1254. (Conversational textPRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  William C. Kennard  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 9, 2018 1309  The Year in Redo, Part 1  Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1255 through Week 1281.  PRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ellen Ryan  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 16, 2018 1310  The Year in Redo, Part 2  Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1282 through Week 1306.  PRE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Hildy Zampella  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 15, 2019 1362  The Year in Redo, Part 1  Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1307 through 1333, except for Weeks 1309-1311. (Conversational textPRE STY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 22, 2019 1363  The Year in Redo, Part 2  Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1334 through Week 1359. (Conversational textPRE STY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version