New contest for Week 1146: Stick it to us with a magnet
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 (bit.ly/conv1146) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at wapo.st/InvRules. 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 at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” the Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday.
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 at wapo.st/styleconv.