Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Groundhog Day Limerick Contest III
The Third Annual LocalCommentary.com Groundhog Day Limerick Contest, that's what. (The second was in 2008. LBB, including a kidney transplant in the family, caused last year's to be scrubbed.)
What's the Deadline?
Groundhog Day, February 2, 2010, of course -- at 12:00 noon Mountain Standard Time, to be precise.
Who Is Eligible to Enter?
US residents only, please. There is no entry fee, and you don't have to buy anything to win. (In fact, there's nothing to buy.) Void where prohibited. All entries become the property of LocalCommentary.com and may be published there. If you're under 18, parent or guardian permission is required to enter, to have your limerick(s) published, and to receive a prize; see instructions below.
The judge himself is ineligible to enter. (But see his inspiring sample limericks.) Immediate family members or other relatives of the judge are eligible to enter on the terms just described, but will get no special favors from the judge.
How Does One Enter?
Send your limerick(s) by e-mail to d a v i firstname.lastname@example.org . (If you're typing the address instead of using the link, remove the spaces in "d a v i d" and make the subject line "2010 Limerick Contest Entry" -- which will happen automatically if you use the link.) Include:
(You may send additional entries in separate e-mail messages, but be sure the information is complete in each message.)
Note: By entering you affirm that any limerick(s) sent are your own work, that you are eligible to enter under all the rules above, that all entries are the property of LocalCommentary.com, and -- if you are younger than 18 -- that you have parent or guardian permission to enter the contest, to have your work published if it is selected for publication, and to receive any prize described below if you win. Eligibility is subject to verification.
What Prizes? What Categories?
In the past, there has been one award per category. This year, we'll do it differently. Assuming there are enough worthy entries, there will be at least three awards for the most outstanding limericks, which may be in any of the categories listed below. There will be honorable mention in each category.
The categories for 2010 are:
The three prize winners may select among these prizes (of approximately equal value):
Winning entries will be published at LocalCommentary.com. Excellent non-winning entries will be awarded Honorable Mention and . . . well, mentioned. As in published.
Winners will be notified by e-mail as soon as judging is complete, and must provide a mailing address to receive their prize.
E-mail addresses and mailing addresses will be used only for purposes related to this contest and will not be published.
What About Multiple Entries?
Entrants may submit one or more verses in one or more categories, but no entrant may win more than one category.
Who Judges, and by What Criteria?
We hope to engage a guest judge next year, but for now the sole judge is David Rodeback, chief blogger and bottle washer of LocalCommentary.com. His qualifications include actual graduate work and university teaching experience in literature, decades of occasional dabbling in the limerick form, and some experience organizing limerick contests at parties.
To qualify for judging at all, entries must
Winning entries in each category will be the most satisfying to the playful literary palate (in the judge's judgment -- that's why he's the judge), according to these criteria (in no particular order):
How Strict Are You About the Limerick Form?
Fairly strict. Some of the limericks I've seen win other contests would not fare well in this one. Here are the basics:
If you want to be more technical, here's goes. Judging by experience, limericks tend to sound right to the judge's ear if they follow these principles:
Each stanza in the last section below is acceptable.
Any Other Fine Print?
To obtain a list of prize winners, or to read winning and honorable mention limericks, check this web site. Winning entries will be posted by 5:00 p.m. on Groundhog Day, barring interference by LBB, in which event they will be posted later.
Couldn't You Have Written This Whole Announcement in Limerick Stanzas?
Most of it, at least. It might have gone something like this -- but, for the record, it didn't, right? For the record. As you read, note how the limerick becomes tiresome in multiple stanzas. The judge will probably disqualify entries with multiple stanza . . . or may treat the best single stanza as an entry, if it stands alone.
We are pleased to announce a phenomenon
The first topic gives us our deadline --
American Fork is the second.
Other topics, which vary a bittical,
Poets must write in limerick well measured,
Please enter by mail electronical,
Copyright 2010 by David Rodeback.