Okay, smart cookies: Send us humor we can eat. Well, photos of humor we can eat.
Every weekend for almost 19 years, the Style Invitational — The Washington Post’s weekly humor/wordplay contest — has brought readers smart, irreverent wit both highbrow and lowbrow, from haughty to potty. And this week, as the holiday baking season gets underway, we’re hungering for more than the Invite’s usual lists of puns and one-liners: We want something we can sink our teeth into.
Cleverly depict a person, event or phenomenon of the 21st century — real history as well as scenes from movies, books, videos, etc. — using edible materials, and send us a photo of your creation. All visible parts of your entry, except a backdrop and a base, must be made of something edible — and we mean people-edible, not your-destructive-dog-edible. (On the other hand, it doesn’t have to be tasty; we’re not eating your photo.) If you’re using a piece of produce or a nut, you don’t have to peel it.
The Style Invitational
The Style Invitational is The Post’s weekly humor/wordplay contest, serving up since 1993 an irreverent mix of highbrow and lowbrow -- haughty and potty -- in genres ranging from neologisms to cartoon captions to elaborate song parodies. A new contest appears at washingtonpost.com/styleinvitational every Friday.
(By Bob Staake for The Washington Post)
Your entry may be anything from a single decorated cookie to an elaborate gingerbread diorama. It can be of any size. You have to make the significant elements yourself; for example, you can buy a plain gingerbread man and decorate it as President Obama, but you can’t use a Gingerbread Obama you got at the bakery. (While the foods you use don’t have to be traditional winter-holiday items, don’t use Peeps – save them for WP Magazine’s popular springtime diorama contest.)
You may not use Photoshop or other editing to materially change the appearance of your creation (rather than to fix lighting, etc.). And you can’t enter something that’s already been published online or in print.
Send your photo by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 — we’re extending our usual deadline past Thanksgiving weekend — as an attachment to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Week 945” in the subject line. Most likely it’ll be your own photo that we print or publish online, so make sure that it’s a high-resolution JPEG (200 dpi, 6 to 8 inches wide or tall)and that it makes your entry look its best. We are not accepting snail-mail photos for this contest.
In your e-mail, include the following:
●No more than two photos as high-resolution JPEG attachments (200 dpi, 6 to 8 inches wide or tall).
●A clever title, if you have one. The Style Invitational is renowned for wordplay.
●A list of the materials you used for the various elements of your entry. Creative choices are a plus.
●Your real name(s) — no pseudonyms. The Invitational usually discourages entries sent jointly, but this week is an exception; feel free to have your family or friends contribute. We’re extending the deadline till Nov. 28 so you can play around with this over the Thanksgiving weekend.
●The postal address of the first person you’re crediting; the best phone number to reach you; and the best e-mail address to reach you. The Empress may have to talk to you about your photo.
●Anything else you’d like to include to convince us how goshdarn cool and clever your entry is (except, you know, bribes).