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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