New con­test for Week 1146: Stick it to us with a mag­net

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Ever since 2004, when we stopped send­ing out bumper stick­ers, the Em­press has been award­ing each Style In­vi­ta­tional hon­or­able-men­tion win­ner a Lusted-Af­ter Loser Mag­net, cre­ated by the un­men­tion­able Bob Staake and fea­tur­ing a con­test-win­ning slo­gan. Ev­ery year or so, we print two new de­signs, 500 copies each — so they re­ally are lim­it­ededi­tion art­works.

And now that we’re low on the 2015 mod­els — “Hardly HarHar” and “The Wit Hit the Fan” — tell us what to put on our next pair of mag­nets. This is the first time we’ve asked you since 2012; we’ve been us­ing run­ner-up en­tries since then. Over the years, the slo­gans have taken sev­eral tacks: (a) the idea of be­ing not quite good enough to win (“Mid­dle-Wit Cham­pion”; “Honor Among Dweebs”); (b) the idea of be­ing bad (“Dis­credit Card”; “Po’ Wit Lau­re­ate”) (c) a fairly pos­i­tive sen­ti­ment (“Puns of Steel”); and (4) a joke about the In­vite in gen­eral (“Sun­day Drivel”).

This week: Sug­gest a new Style In­vi­ta­tional hon­or­able­men­tion mag­net to be drawn by Bob. You can in­clude just the text and Bob will il­lus­trate, or sug­gest a vis­ual idea as well — in fact, Bob ex­horted me to re­mind you: “Think vis­ually!” But re­mem­ber: The mag­net is only the size of a busi­ness card (2 by 3.5 inches), and it needs to say “The Style In­vi­ta­tional,” “The Wash­ing­ton Post,” “Hon­or­able Men­tion” and “2016” — so you can’t also show a com­pli­cated cartoon and/or a long sen­tence. See this week’s Style Con­ver­sa­tional ( for all the slo­gans so far. You may re­sub­mit your own idea from any of our pre­vi­ous prize-slo­gan con­tests.

Win­ner gets — along with the mag­net with the win­ning slo­gan — the Inkin’ Me­mo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy. Sec­ond place gets the other mag­net we’ll be us­ing, plus — just in time for Thanks­giv­ing din­ner — this fab­u­lous pump­kin pie hat, mod­eled here by Style graphic de­signer Su­sana Sanchez-Young (Em­press: “Would you like to have your pic­ture in the pa­per with a pie slice on your head?” Susie: “Do I have time to put on some lip­stick?”).

Other run­ners-up win their choice of a yearned-for Loser Mug or the ar­dently de­sired “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag. Hon­or­able men­tions get, yes, a mag­net, prob­a­bly the last of the cur­rent batch. First Of­fend­ers re­ceive a smelly tree-shaped air “fresh­ener” (FirStink for their first ink). E-mail en­tries to losers@wash­ or, if you were born in the 19th cen­tury, fax to 202-334-4312. Dead­line is Mon­day night, Nov. 3; re­sults pub­lished Nov. 15 (on­line Nov. 12). You may sub­mit up to 25 en­tries per con­test. In­clude “Week 1146” in your e-mail sub­ject line or it might be ig­nored as spam. In­clude your real name, postal ad­dress and phone num­ber with your en­try. See con­test rules and guide­lines at­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults is by Kevin Dopart; the hon­or­able-men­tions sub­head was sub­mit­ted by both Jeff Shirley and Danielle Nowlin. Join the lively Style In­vi­ta­tional Devo­tees group on Face­book at­vdev. “Like” the Style In­vi­ta­tional Ink of the Day on Face­book at­day.

3THE STYLE CON­VER­SA­TIONAL The Em­press’s weekly on­line col­umn dis­cusses each new con­test and set of re­sults. Es­pe­cially if you plan to en­ter, check it out at­conv.


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