In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we invite you to try your hand at writing a limerick! The three best submissions will each win a child-size T-shirt from our friends at Hairy Baby Clothing Company. Post your submission as a comment below this blog post. All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 20, 2015 with winners announced in our newsletter on Sunday, March 22.
1. The limerick must be original, not copied from another author. Of course, it's acceptable to work with a partner (especially if that partner is the little guy/girl who will be wearing the shirt!
2. The three winning limericks will be chosen by The Wild Geese editors. They will be judged on cleverness and adherence to the limerick format. This involves some subjective judgement.
3. For the purposes of this contest, the Limerick format is: A poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming. The third and fourth lines have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other. (We realize that there are also conventions about rhythm, but we're not going to be too picky there!) If you're a novice, here is an article that might help you get started: How to Write a Limerick.
4. Any topic is acceptable, but let's it keep it rated "PG."
We can't wait to read your limericks. Let's see what you've got, Wild Geese ...