There’s no new contest this week, because four weeks from now — on March 3 (Feb. 28 online), when the results would have run — the Empress will devote this entire space (and more!) to a celebration of the Style Invitational’s 20th anniversary. We’ll look back at the Invite’s greatest hits, especially from the past 10 years: the best of the song parodies, neologisms, horse names, limericks, “joint legislation,” cartoon captions and dozens of other classic contests. We’ll also tell you about the Losers, the unlikely community of contestants that’s been active since Year 1 with a calendar of social events, a vigorous competition for most ink, a set of meticulous online standings, and a Facebook page that numbers almost 500 members. And there just might be a few peeps from the Czar, the E’s predecessor and the originator of this contest, whom she mercifully sent into retirement nine years ago.
(Note to readers of the print edition: The Web address given on this week’s Sunday Style page to The Style Conversation, my weekly online column about the new contest and results, doesn’t work this week, while the page is undergoing some improvements. (It goes to last week’s column instead.) Instead, access it here.