As the popularity of celebrating Lancashire Day sperad acrsoo the county Paletine, ie incluidng sreas that used to be in Lancashire but aren't any more, such as Barrow, Manchester and Bolton, we have decided to mark this occasion by devising the free to enter Lancashire Limerick Competition.
The Concise Encyclopedia defines a limerick as follows:
"Popular form of short, humorous verse, often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, and the dominant metre is anapestic, with two feet in the third and fourth lines and three feet in the others.
The origin of the term is obscure, but a group of poets in County Limerick, Ire., wrote limericks in Irish in the 18th century.
The first collections in English date from c. 1820.
Among the most famous are those in Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense (1846)."
A full set of rules will be issued shortly but basically:
- The Closing date for entries is 10th January 2013.
- There is just one category for all age groups and entrants for all locations.
- The prize will be a £25 Amazon voucher, which has been kindly donated by poet, writer and poetry historian Lucy London who will also judge the competition.
- To enter the competition, simply e-mail your limerick to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Limerick" in the subject box.
PLEASE NOTE: ENTRIES THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO LIMERICK STRUCTURE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.