International Limericks Competition

“Bring your Limericks to Limerick”

Programme includes:

August 3rd

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Creative Writing Workshop with poet John Liddy
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Short Story Writing Workshop with Fiona Clarke Echlin
  • 14:00 – 16:00  How to Write a Memoir Workshop with Sheila Quealey
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Book Launch  – The History of the Limerick by Matthew Potter
  • 17.00 Readings from the Well with John Liddy & Friends
  • 18:00 Limericks Slam with fun for all competition and entertainment
  • 20:00 International Limerick’s Competition – Final readings, €1,000 cash prize and trophy

(please note that all workshops have an entry fee of €10 per person)

August 4th

  • 12:00 – 14:00 Tours of the Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Sunday Brunch
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Frank McCourt Museum and Angela’s Ashes Tour

LimerickPLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE LIMERICK COMPETITION WAS 31ST JULY AND THAT NO FURTHER ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED.

 

What is the ‘Limerick’ ?

The Limerick is a verse form  which originated in Croom, Co Limerick in the 18th century . It is a verse which must contain the following elements:

  • Five lines
  • Lines 1,2,5 must rhyme
  • Lines 3 and 4 must rhyme
  • A good Limerick will have a clever unanticipated punch line as line 5 will often have puns,word play or a witty feature as part of it.

Sample of a good Limerick:

As a beauty I’m not very pretty
There are others more handsome and witty
But my face I don’t mind it
Because I’m behind it
‘Tis the folks in the front that I pity

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE COMPETITION WAS 31ST JULY AND THAT NO FURTHER ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED.

Please note the following rules for entry:

  • We welcome a maximum of  three Limericks per entrant
  • The competition is free to enter
  • The closing date is midnight (BST) on 31st July 2013. Late entries will not be accepted
  • Online entries are accepted (through the online entry form on at www.limerickgatheringfest.com only)
  • Submitted entries MUST be original and conform to the Limerick rhyme scheme
  • Entries will be judged on the quality of the Limerick (form, humour, punch line etc)
  • The judging panel will adjudicate entries and select a longlist of 40 Limericks. This longlist will be announced in due course and the authors of those Limericks chosen will be notified to give them the opportunity to compete in the heats of the competition in August at the University of Limerick
  • A series of heats will take place during the Festival and the top three winners of these heats will compete in the final
  • Only those who can attend the competition in Limerick will be eligible to compete in the heats/final. Therefore, the final prize of €1,000 will only be available to those who attend the Festival at the University of Limerick.
  • There will be one winning prize of €1,000
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Millstream Common Room Poetry Reading

History of Limerick Competition:  lwc green logo

The Limerick Writer’s Centre led by Dominic Taylor has been running an All-Ireland Limerick Verse Championship since 2010 following on from a request from Norwegian television to film a Limericks event in the city. Limericks also got some excellent TV coverage in the BBC TV series ‘Three Men in a Boat’ when Dara Ó Briain, Griff Rhys-Jones and Rory McGrath organized a Limericks event in the city for the show. To mark the Gathering call to the global Irish Diaspora, the organisers are making the competition an international one for 2013. For a link to the Limerick Writers’ Centre, please click their image on the right.

Organised by Limerick Writers Centre – All events will take place at the University of Limerick.

For Enquiries about this competition, please contact: Limericks@limerickgatheringfest.com