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National Poetry Month Contest: Limerick

National Poetry Month Contest: Limerick

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us by entering our limerick poetry contest for a chance to win a prize!  A limerick is a (usually humorous) five line poem with a bouncy and fun rhythm.

  • Adults and teens ages 13 and up can submit entries in person on the 3rd floor or via email to ref@morleylibrary.org
    • Please note  "Limerick Poetry Contest" in the subject line.
  • Only one entry per participant please.
  • Be sure to include your name, age group,  and contact information.
  • Scroll down for tips on writing a limerick 

Early submissions begin: March 25, 2024.

Contest runs from April 1 – April 15, 2024

Entries will be displayed on the 3rd floor.

Voting will take place from April 17- May 1.

Winners will be announced and contacted by May 7.

We can't wait to see and share your creations! 

How to write a limerick:

  • Write five lines
  • The rhyme scheme is aabba.  (Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other..)
  • The rhythm is anapestic (two unstressed followed by one stressed syllable)
    • Lines 1,2 and 5 will have three stressed syllables (da dum da da dum da da dum)
    • Lines 3 and 4 will have two stressed syllables (da dum da da dum)
  • Limericks are funny! Have fun!

Check out the following link to help you with your writing: https://www.imagineforest.com/blog/how-to-write-a-limerick/ 


There was an Old Man with a beard,

Who said, 'It is just as I feared!

Two Owls and a Hen,

Four Larks and a Wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!'

-from The Book of Nonsense

by Edward Lear

Monday, April 8, 2024 Show more dates
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  Adults 18 years and older     Teen grades 7-12  
  Adult Program     Teen  

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