The Empress of The Style Invitational reviews the latest neologism (new-word) contest and shares what works and what doesn't.

Winners of the contest to add a single letter to a word or phrase and describe the new word. No new contest this week (our first skipped contest since 2019).

The Empress of The Style Invitational discusses this week's contest for poems that include spelling bee words, and the week's winning parodies.


Another super-clever set of winning song parodies and videos about the news. Plus a new contest to use a National Spelling Bee word in a poem.

In this week's contest, tell us a feghoot -- a mini-story joke that ends in a pun. Plus winners of our contest to rearrange the words in a movie title.

The Empress of The Style Invitational discusses this week's contest for conservative-leaning humor and the results of the contest for creative repurposing of surplus items.

In Week 1492, we repeat our 2004 contest for conservative-leaning humor. Plus winning ideas for repurposing some offbeat surplus items like a roll of artificial turf or bowling alley wood.

The Empress of The Style Invitational talks about this week's neologism contest and the results of the annual "grandfoal" challenge.

In the Week 1491 contest, add a letter (as many times as you like) to a word beginning A-E, and describe the result. Plus the winning "grandfoal" names.

The Empress of The Style Invitational on this week's contest for songs about the news, and the results of the contest for signs of incompetence in varied fields.

This week's contest: Write a song (parody or original tune) about something in the news right now; videos welcome (and required for original tunes). Plus winners of our contest asking for signs of incompetence in particular fields.

In this week's contest, rearrange the words in a movie title and describe the new movie. Plus winners of our contest to switch two letters in a word or name.

Nudge-nudge, wink-wink: The Empress of The Style Invitational reviews the results of the latest double-entendre contest and talks about this week's contest for funny uses of surplus goods,

For the Week 1488 contest, come up with humorous uses for products (alone or together) offered at RepurposedMaterialsInc.com. Plus things you can say both at the gym or in bed; at the Supreme Court or getting a haircut; and other combinations.

The Empress of The Style Invitational reviews the results of this year's Kentucky Derby horse name "breeding" contest and gives some tips about the "grandfoal" challenge.

For Derby weekend, the winning foal names from our most popular annual contest. Now "breed" those names to make "grandfoals."

In this week's contest, tell us an indication that someone in a particular field is hilariously incompetent. Plus winning new words drawn from ScrabbleGrams letter sets.

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The Style Invitational is a humor/wordplay contest through which we seek to bring a variety of clever, timely, irreverent humor every week to the readers of The Washington Post.

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