Sept. 14-17

Muskegon,
Michigan

Limerick Contest

Michigan Irish Music Festival
Adults-Only Limerick Contest – 2017

Sponsored by Muskegon Writers’ Series

Who may enter?

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

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, 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 shocking 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 very musical and easy to memorize so that, as tradition has it, it can be delivered orally in, say, an Irish pub or a whiskey snug! We have just the place! Overall, however, the limerick is SMART – it is a clever way to sting or insult or tickle. Make us blush and laugh and light up in delight!

Three Separate Categories

Sex, Drinking, & Politics…and, no! You don’t have to be nice!

Each Category will have three winners and some honorable mentions:

1st Place Winners: $100.00 & two passes to the 2017 Michigan Irish Music Festival.
2nd Place Winners: $75.00 & two passes to the 2017 Michigan Irish Music Festival.
3rd Place Winners: $50.00 & two passes to the 2017 Michigan Irish Music Festival.
Honorable Mentions: Two passes to the 2017 Michigan Irish Music Festival.

How do I submit an entry?

Type your limerick(s) and attach to the entry form. Then mail to

Muskegon Writers’ Series, c/o Mary Tyler,

221 Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442

OR email (w/ entry info) to info@michiganirish.org

 

(Limit: Five limericks per person!)

MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL LIMERICK CONTEST ENTRY FORM

 

ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH – 2017!

ALL WINNERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS WILL BE INVITED TO READ THEIR LIMERICKS AT THE WHISKEY SNUG ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, AT 8:30 PM.

(If a winner is not comfortable delivering his or her limerick in public, one of two lively Irish gents will be happy to do so, say Seamus Kennedy or Tom Harryman!)

 

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

 

Category (Sex, Drinking, or Politics):______________________________________________________

 

Name: ___________________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________City: ____________________

State: ______________________ Zip _________________________

Phone #: _____________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________________________________