Our annual 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 Sir Read-A-Lot) from last year’s contest:

In a world where your eyes show your station
And most of the life is crustacean
He took an Oath and a breath
and said “Life before death”
“And journey before destination.”

Your turn!


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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23 comments

  1. I am a writer who cannot rhyme
    but thankfully, dragons are mine.

    Books are my passion
    and are always in fashion

    Careful do not bend the spine!

  2. I ran through the darkest of dungeons
    When I met the orcs with their bludgeons.
    I raised my sword,
    Which slew their lord,
    And began my introductions.

  3. Lily /

    An Urban Fantasy Yelp Review:

    Their prices might seem like a steal
    And their magic is better than real,
    But buyer beware:
    For cutting your hair
    The Fair Folk are less than ideal.

  4. The unstoppable George R. R. Martin
    Penned a series I want no more part in:
    “A Song of Ice and Fire”
    Once was good, now draws ire,
    ‘cos the damned thing is never departin’…

  5. These are awesome!

  6. E. J. Jones /

    A Hogwarts Overachiever

    Now, I’m not usually up late at night,
    But when else can I find time to write?
    All those essays on elves
    Never did write themselves,
    And besides, I can sleep later … Right?

  7. 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

  8. While Lan wields a heron-mark blade
    battling hordes of Trollocs and Fades,
    Nynaeve’s quest,
    crossing arms under breast,
    is an eternity tugging her braid

  9. Ben, you won us over with the Westeros wedding. 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. If you want the T-shirt, please send your shirt size.Happy reading!

  10. Arcanist Lupus /

    Well, I’m too late for contest, but I can never let a chance for a limerick to pass by, so I’m throwing my two cents in anyways.

    When the magical wave hits its crest
    then Kate Daniels does what she does best
    fights with magic and swords
    against innumerable hordes
    and catching the Beast Lord’s interest.

  11. 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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