Thoughtful Thursday: FanLit’s 2016 SFF Limerick Contest

It’s time for our annual Fantasy Limerick contest!

Your task is to create a limerick that has something to do with speculative fiction. It could be about a character, a series, an author, or whatever fits the theme. Here are the rules for creating a good limerick (quoting from this source). A limerick:

  • is five lines long
  • is based on the rhythm “da-da-DAH” (anapest meter)
  • has two different rhymes
  • Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three of those da-da-DAH “feet,” and rhyme with each other.
  • Lines 3 and 4 have two, and rhyme with each other.
  • You can break the meter rules if there’s a good reason. You may
    • drop the first “da” in a line, changing that foot to da-DAH
    • add an extra “da” or two at the end of a line IF it’s used for an extended rhyme, such as cannibal and Hannibal
  • The best limericks are funny or witty or clever.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsSo, the meter goes like this:

da da DAH / da da DAH / da da BING
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da DING
da da DAH / da da BAM
da da DAH / da da WHAM
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da PING

As an example, here’s the winning limerick (by Ben) from last year’s contest:

The day came that I had been dreading,
It would surely end in beheading
and my family depressed
as they murdered their guests,
Never go to a Westeros wedding

Your turn!


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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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8 comments

  1. I can’t wait to see what we get!

  2. Arcanist Lupus /

    The Bay’s home to more than just mud
    and streets where the parking is crud.
    Let all changelings beware
    when the scent in the air
    is the fragrance of roses and blood.

  3. Issam A. /

    I approached a blind priest whom i last heard
    Would test me as an initiate for his master
    So he placed my palms on his eyes
    and yelled that he regained his sight
    Then said “Welcome to the Gentleman Bastards!”

  4. Jackie Zev /

    Of women, there’s remarkably few in
    The people who have conquered Ruin
    One girl stands out
    And there’s no doubt
    I’d definitely like to meet you, Vin.

  5. Arcanist, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  6. Hi Limerickers, we’re doing this year’s annual limerick contest here:

    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/giveaway/thoughtful-thursday-fanlits-2017-sff-limerick-contest/

    Hope you can contribute!

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