Join us for our first annual Limerick Competition! Show us your most clever, irreverent and humorous verse for amazing prizes. Hewing perfectly to a meter and rhyme scheme is one of the things that make limericks funny, and a good limerick has a clever unanticipated punch line, along with puns, word play and other witty elements. Be sure to take our limerick-writing workshop on March 14 to hone your skills. Drink specials and conviviality, make for the perfect St. Patty’s Day celebration! Stick around after the comp for a very special St Patty's Day live show with Dr. Bacon, the 7-Piece Asheville NC Funky Roots Rock band. 

When:  Sunday, March 17
Where: The Eldo
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 to enter 5 limericks, $10 for 10. Free to attend
Great prizes awarded in each category 
 
Competition & Entry Rules:
 
Anyone can enter up to 5 limericks for $5, 10 for $10.
Entries due by Sunday, March 17 by 10:00 a.m. by emailing brooke@crestedbuttearts.org
 
Competition Categories:
 
Best overall limerick

Most witty
Best crafted
Best lewd limerick
Best political limerick
Best local limerick (i.e. about Crested Butte)
The limerick is a poetic form shrouded in mystery: nobody knows why they’re named after Limerick, who invented the form, or when they were first composed. What we do know is that they’ve been with us since the Middle Ages and that, at their best, limericks can be very, very funny. Besides being funny, good Limericks also demonstrate a masterly use of rhythm and rhyme to create a punchline effect. If “brevity is the soul of wit,” as Shakespeare said, then the Limerick is the perfect form for showing off your wit’s soul.

Limericks are “closed form” poems that adhere to a strict template.

Follow these guidelines (bending the rules is okay as long as they’re close—the goal is to make people smile not to be perfect):

The last word in lines 1, 2, and 5 must rhyme and contain 8-9 syllables each.

Lines 3 and 4 are usually shorter (but don’t have to be) and they usually rhyme with eachother.