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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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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)
May 16, 1993 11  YOU GIVE US THE BACKS OFF OUR SHIRTS  The back of the shirt needs a slogan, something that captures the spirit of The Style Invitational. What is that spirit? You tell us.  TSH STY   Text file | Post PDF  Mary Pat Jones  Text file | Post PDF 
January 16, 1994 46  WE WANT STUPID ENTRIES ONLY  Make up a sentence that, were it not for this contest, would never be uttered.  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Thomas Edward Knibb  Text file | Post PDF 
March 6, 1994 53  CRUEL FETE  Tell us how the Invitational has changed America.  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Paul Kondis  Text file | Post PDF 
May 15, 1994 63  BAD ABOUT YOU  Come up with a lame idea for a Style Invitational contest, an idea destined to create unfunny results.  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Elden Carnahan  Text file | Post PDF 
May 29, 1994 66  THE SON-OF-SMITH LAW  In 50 words or fewer, what do we do about the Chuck Smith problem?  STY   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
December 25, 1994 93  I WANT THE MONGOOSE  Tell us, in 50 words or fewer, why you must have this elegant piece of taxidermy featuring a snake being killed by a mongoose.  STY   Text file  Judith Daniel  Text file 
December 22, 1996 197  DAVE'S WORLD  Make David Twenhafel laugh. Any sort of delightful drollery or amusing witticism will do, so long as it is not the sort of lowbrow fare we usually favor.  STY   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
February 16, 1997 205  SOME PIG  Beg for the prize: convince us why you, and you alone, deserve to get it.  STY   Text file  Jon Williams  Text file 
January 24, 1999 306  YOUNGIAN THERAPY  Suggest ways in which the Style Invitational or any other Washington area institution can become more relevant to younger people.  WAS STY CUL   Text file | Post e-version  Meg Sullivan  Text file | Post e-version 
April 11, 1999 317  PICK US A WINNER  Come up with flawed contest ideas, and the single, obvious, too-good-to-beat entry.  STY   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
January 30, 2000 334
(I) 
The New Style Invitational: Six Choices for Czar  Vote for one of six possible editors of the Style Invitation, from among the current Czar and five worthy competitors.  STY   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
February 6, 2000 335
(II) 
A LOVER'S SPAT  Enter the contest that is run by the editor of your choice.  STY   Text file  Ben F. Noviello  Text file 
June 25, 2000 355
(XXII) 
Seeing Stars  Tell us ways we can attract celebrity participation to this contest.  STY   Text file  Jacob Weinstein  Text file 
May 5, 2002 452
(CXIX) 
Russellmania!  (1) Design one or more steps for a 12-step program for the recovering Invitationalaholic; (2) Propose a devious method by which we might lure Russell Beland back.  STY   Text file  J. D. Berry  Text file 
March 23, 2003 498  Unamazing But True!  Submit a true fact that is of absolutely no use, but interesting in a weirdly Invitationalist way.  STY   Text file  Milo Sauer  Text file 
December 14, 2003 536  And the Horse He Rodin On  Come up with some words we can stick in the back of The Inker.  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Josh Borken
Andrew Elby
Dave Zarrow 
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February 1, 2004 543  Read Our Leaps  Fill any readers of The Washington Post on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2032, on: (a) the day's lead news story; (b) the highest-flying company and its business; (c) the best-selling self-help book; and/or (d) the day's winning Style Invitational entry.  WAS BUS LIT STY HIS   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
May 14, 2006 662  How Low Will You Go?  Humiliate yourself for ink, and a stupid prize.  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Fred Dawson  Text file | Post PDF 
July 8, 2007 721  Know Your Market  For any of the provided photos, supply two captions: one that would appeal to The Style Invitational and one that would appeal to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.  CAP STY   Text file  Ben Aronin
Steve Ettinger 
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August 19, 2007 727  We Get a C-Section  Tell us some pros and cons of moving The Style Invitational to the Saturday Style section; or write us up some free promo-ad copying announcing the move.  STY   Text file  Seth Brown  Text file 
September 8, 2007 730  Time-Wastes For Everyman  Describe activities that make entering The Style Invitational seem like a constructive use of one's time.  STY   Text file  Anne Paris  Text file 
November 15, 2008 791  The 1K Club  Supply a chain of 20 names -- they may be names of people, places, organizations, products, etc., but they must be names -- beginning and ending with "Chris Doyle."  STY   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
March 14, 2009 808  Take Us At Our Words  Create a humorous poem or other writing using only the words contained in this week's Style Invitational column or results.  POE WOR STY   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
February 6, 2011 906  Your mug here  Give us a new design for the Loser Mug.  STY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Edmund Conti
Michael Gips
Howard Walderman 
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October 23, 2011 942  Singular ideas  Give us an idea for a contest for which there's likely only one good entry.  STY   Text file | Post e-version  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post e-version 
March 25, 2012 964  The Grossery Bag?  Suggest a design and/or slogan to go on the side of the ardently desired Style Invitational Loser Bag.  SLO STY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 28, 2012 994  Stick it to us  Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.  SLO STY   Text file | Post e-version  Bruce Carlson  Text file | Post e-version 
December 8, 2013 1050  Just redo it  Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1000 through Week 1046.  STY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 25, 2015 1146  Stick it to us with a magnet  Suggest a new Style Invitational honorable-mention magnet. (Conversational textSTY   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Howard Walderman  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 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