First Annual Speculative Fiction Limerick Contest

I’m standing in for Justin again, as he continues to labor for his creative writing professor. He got a 100% on his first writing assignment!

Still going with the creative writing theme, I thought we should start a (regular?) Fantasy Limericks contest. Your job is to write an original fantasy-themed limerick. It could be kind of general, such as this one about a dragon which was written by Val Burns for The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form (OEDILF):

George cried, “I’ll fight the dragon, oh sire,
Though the reptile is huge and breathes fire.
Thus the princess I’ll save
From a grave in the cave.
Though she’s hot, that much heat would prove dire.”

FanLit's Limerick ContestOr your limerick could be about a particular fantasy novel, character, or event. Whatever you want, as long as it’s related to fantasy literature.

A proper limerick follows strict rules about rhyme, meter, and content, so please consult the OEDILF’s tutorial to make sure yours complies. A limerick should be funny or witty or otherwise charming.

Post your limerick as a comment below. Tim, one of our literature experts, will pick a U.S. winner who will choose a book from our stacks. If you’re outside the U.S., we hope you’ll play, too. Good luck, limerickers!

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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 and conducts brain research 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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  1. OK, no limericks?? Is anybody working on one? Am I the only one who thinks limericks are fun??

  2. There was a young woman from Krynn,
    whose waist was incredibly thin.
    She hitched up her wagon, to capture a dragon
    and cook him up nice for her din.

  3. Brilliant!! Excellent limerick, Stefan!

  4. Thanks! Hopefully that’ll get the ball rolling. If not, maybe I can come up with another.

  5. Takshi Kovacs is back
    With his shiny new cortical stack
    He’s looking quite fine
    By genetic design
    ‘Cause he won’t buy his bods off the rack.

  6. And a draft of a limerick:

    China Mieville chose the name Kraken
    Because “Octopussy” was taken
    His fans paid him in thrones
    Built of bottles and bones
    And all of the krill he could take in.

  7. Joe Abercrombie is swell
    His characters go through Hell
    They’re tortured and maimed
    Left never the same
    But boy what stories they tell!

  8. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    George R. Martin was writing a book
    at the size of the book did he look
    He said, “What shall I do?”
    Now this book’s become two!
    And my readers now will call me a crook!”

  9. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    And another one:

    It’s a story that’s become ancient lore
    It’s a tome that could stop up a door
    It’s a quest for an heir
    but let the reader beware
    For one cannot simply walk into Mordor

  10. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    I’m fixing my first limerick. Here’s the new and improved version:

    George R. Martin did not know what to do
    as he watched his worst nightmares come true
    the fourth book of the “Song”
    was so unimaginably long
    that he had no choice but to cut it in two.

  11. FitzChivalry Farseer’s kin
    are ruling the land he lives in.
    But he’s illegit
    (plus, he’s got the Wit),
    So the throne Fitz never will win.

  12. Young Kvothe was a most clever lad.
    And of lute players best to be had.
    But to him all this stuff
    Just wasn’t enough.
    He became a promiscuous cad.

    Sir Read-a-Lot, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

  13. Hi 2012 Limerickers, we’re doing the 2018 limerick contest here:

    We hope you can contribute!

    (And sorry if you get multiple notifications. I’m commenting on each previous limerick contest.}

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