Limerick Contest

Michigan Irish Music Fest Limerick Contest!

Sponsored by Muskegon Writers’ Series

Who may enter?

Anyone 18 and older who enjoys rhythm, wit, and word play. A true limerick is, by nature, rather “adult” in theme.

What exactly is a limerick anyway?

Structurally and technically: a limerick is a five-line poem that follows a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA. The limerick has a triplet (three rhyming lines) and a couplet (two rhyming lines). The rhyming lines usually share the same number of syllables, typically anywhere from six to nine.

Limericks often use word play, puns, double entendre, eccentric spelling, or other witty features. While all five lines of a limerick should be witty and wonderful, the last line needs to deliver an unexpected punch, a linguistic surprise!

Loosely: a limerick is an oral form, often naughty and bawdy, racy and raunchy, witty and wild, but not too crude or lewd!

A limerick is musical and easy to memorize so that, as tradition has it, it can be delivered orally at, say, the Michigan Irish Music Festival! We have just the place – The Galway Stage on Friday, September 16th at 9:30 PM!

Four Separate Categories:

Sex
Drinking
Death
COVID/Pandemic/Monkey Pox, etc.
(And no! You don’t have to be nice or politically correct)

Each Category will have three winners and some honorable mentions:

1st Place Winners: $100.00 and two WEEKEND passes to the Michigan Irish Music Fest
2nd Place Winners: $75.00 and two passes to the FRIDAY Michigan Irish Music Fest
3rd Place Winners: $50.00 and two passes to the FRIDAY Michigan Irish Music Fest
Honorable Mentions: Two passes to the FRIDAY Michigan Irish Music Fest
And a special Irish Gift Basket for the Best Delivery = MEMORIZED, THEATRICAL, perhaps in an IRISH ACCENT!

How do I submit an entry?

Type your limerick(s) and mail to:Michigan Irish Music Festival
Attention: Mary Tyler
2743 Henry Street #231
Muskegon, MI 49441

(Limit: Five limericks per person)

OR EMAIL to: [email protected]

ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th – 2022!

ALL WINNERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS WILL BE INVITED TO READ THEIR LIMERICKS AT THE Galway Stage on Friday, September 16th at 9:30 PM.(If a winner is not comfortable delivering their limerick(s), we will provide someone to perform the limerick(s).

AGAIN, PLEASE ATTACH THIS ENTRY FORM TO YOUR ENTRIES AND SEND TO

Muskegon Writers’ Series, c/o Mary Tyler,

221 Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442

 

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