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Limerick Contest Guidelines

The competition is beginning!  Don’t be left out.  Anyone can write a limerick .  Anyone may submit a limerick.  Not just listeners and volunteers, but family, friends, and interested people we haven’t yet met. Read on for competition requirements followed by general rules for writing limericks.  Read the limericks that have been entered so far. All entries should be in by Tuesday, April 26.

Voting will take place from Wednesday, April 27 – Wednesday, May 4.

Awards will be given at the Volunteer Recognition/Ice Cream Social on May 7.

Virginia Voice competition requirements:

1. Must be a genuine limerick in rhyme and rhythm.

2. Subject matter must have something to do with Virginia Voice.

3. Entries can be from a volunteer (or family) or listener (or family) or friends or soon-to-be-friends.

4. Voting begins April 27, ends Wednesday, May 4.

5. Awards will be in several categories, such as “Most Humorous,” “Most Heart-Warming,” “Most Creative Rhyming,” “Best use of the word “Voice,”  and other categories as they occur to us. We welcome suggestions.

Here are a few basic rules of limerick writing.

1. It must be funny.

2. It has five lines, with lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 rhyming

3. Rhythm is as important as rhyming. Clap your hands with the examples that follow to identify the strong and weak beats.

4. Classic limericks used the same word at the end of the 1st and the 5th line.

5. Modern limericks may use a different word with the last line being the Punch Line.

Classic Example:

There was a Young Lady of Clare,
Who was sadly pursued by a bear;
When she found she was tired,
She abruptly expired,
That unfortunate Lady of Clare.

Modern Example:

There was a young man from Darjeeling,
Who got on a bus bound for Ealing.
It said at the door:
“Don’t spit on the floor.”
So he carefully spat on the ceiling.

A combination of both Classic ending and Modern Punch Line

There was an Old Man of Berlin,
Whose form was uncommonly thin;
Till once, by mistake,
Was mixed up in a cake,
So they baked that Old Man of Berlin.