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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: REL

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
December 26, 1993 43  GOOD LORD!  What does God look like?  REL   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Gearty  Text file | Post PDF 
March 9, 1997 208  SEND IN THE CLONES  Suggest questions a commission to investigate the moral, legal and practical question raised by cloning might consider.  POL REL SCI   Text file  Joan Schloo  Text file 
November 2, 1997 242  SACRED COW PIES  Take cheap shots at sacred institutions only, places and things that are so noble and wholesome they are beyond reproach, from among the items provided.  POL CUL REL   Text file  Charlie Steinhice  Text file 
November 22, 1998 297  FREE FOR OIL  Take any article in today's paper, and write an outraged letter to the editor about it that totally misses the point, either by misreading a word or misunderstanding the topic.  WAS CUL POL REL   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
April 1, 2001 395
(LXII) 
Devilishly Clever  Describe someone's special little corner of Hell.  REL   Text file  Andy Lees  Text file 
August 29, 2004 573  Thine Ad Goest Here  Propose biblical and other literary passages, poems, etc., that could benefit from product placement.  POE REL LIT BUS   Text file  Peter Metrinko  Text file 
November 28, 2004 586  God's Will (and Won't)  Complete either of the following: "If God hadn't wanted us to ----, God wouldn’t have ----"; "If God had wanted us to ----, God would have ----."  REL   Text file  Steve Fahey  Text file 
March 27, 2005 603  Sui Genesis  Take one or two of the 50 chapters of the KJV Book of Genesis and draw thou from them, using words in the order in which they appear in the original, your own passage.  REL WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Michelle Stupak  Text file | Post PDF 
June 11, 2006 666  Bedevil Us  Give a mini-sermon explaining how some innocuous object or event signals the End of Days.  REL   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
July 12, 2008 773  Always Looking for Sects  Coin a religion or belief system and tell us its basic tenet or distinguishing characteristic.  REL   Text file  Lawrence McGuire  Text file 
September 26, 2009 836  Other People's Business  Describe what might happen if any of the above institutions (a) were run by an institution of your choice or (b) ran an institution of your choice.  POL BUS REL   Text file | Post PDF  Bruce Alter  Text file | Post PDF 
November 27, 2010 896  Other people's business  Describe what might happen if any of the above institutions (a) were run by an institution of your choice or (b) ran an institution of your choice.  BUS REL POL   Text file  Larry Yungk  Text file 
June 4, 2017 1230  What in creation . . . ?  Supply a brief monologue or dialogue about a Creator's specifications or planning for some living being. (Conversational textREL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Drew Bennett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version