Seventh Annual Speculative Fiction Limerick Contest

It’s time for our annual Fantasy Limerick contest!

Your task is to create an original limerick that has something to do with speculative fiction. It could be about a character, a series, an author, or whatever fits the theme. Here are the rules for creating a good limerick (quoting from this source). A limerick:

  • is five lines long
  • is based on the rhythm “da-da-DAH” (anapest meter)
  • has two different rhymes
  • fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsLines 1, 2, and 5 have three of those da-da-DAH “feet,” and rhyme with each other.
  • Lines 3 and 4 have two, and rhyme with each other.
  • You can break the meter rules if there’s a good reason. You may
    • drop the first “da” in a line, changing that foot to da-DAH
    • add an extra “da” or two at the end of a line IF it’s used for an extended rhyme, such as cannibal and Hannibal
  • The best limericks are funny or witty or clever.

So, the meter goes like this:

da da DAH / da da DAH / da da BING
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da DING
da da DAH / da da BAM
da da DAH / da da WHAM
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da PING

As examples, here are some previous winners:

I just heard George Romero has passed,
And thought how long his genre will last.
Of zombies there’s no lack,
But will George be back
To lead “Father of the Living Dead”‘s cast?
~Mark E. Henaghen, 2017

The Bay’s home to more than just mud
and streets where the parking is crud.
Let all changelings beware
when the scent in the air
is the fragrance of roses and blood.
~Arcanist Lupus, 2016

The day came that I had been dreading,
It would surely end in beheading
and my family depressed
as they murdered their guests,
Never go to a Westeros wedding
~Ben, 2015

In a world where your eyes show your station
And most of the life is crustacean
He took an Oath and a breath
and said “Life before death”
“And journey before destination.”
~Sir Read-A-Lot, 2014

The Sad Saga of Smeagol the Stoor

There once was a Stoor-fellow Smeagol
who had a young friend name of Deagol.
Deagol had found a ring–
‘Twas a beautiful thing.
For rings, Smeagol’s eyes were like eagles’.
~Wolf Lahti, 2013

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.
~Sir Read-A-Lot, 2012

There are some brilliant limericks in our previous columns. We encourage you to go back and read them (use the links in the limericks above).

Now it’s your turn. We can’t wait to read what you create! If it’s not obvious what your limerick is a tribute to, please mention it in your comment. And if you want us to give you credit on Twitter, include your Twitter handle.

The author of the limerick we like best wins a book from our stacks or a FanLit T-shirt (sizes avail are S – XL). If you live outside the US, we’ll send a $7 Amazon gift card.

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  1. James /

    There once was a wizard named Harry
    Who consorted with many a fairy
    He rescued his daughter
    And lead vampires to slaughter
    Then he died, but it was temporary.

  2. A teacher once brought his young bride
    To a Tower, a book as his guide
    He discovered the cost
    When Marya was lost
    And he was forced to venture inside.

  3. Not in his enemy’s plans embroiled,
    The prince just studied and toiled,
    But as things turned tragic,
    The prince found his magic,
    And now the ending is spoiled! 😛

    This was what sprang to mind, but now I’m not sure if I should say what book this is or not.😅

  4. Rusty Miller /

    On our honeymoon long overdue
    I thought that all of my dreams had come true.
    But now I have gone missing
    And that Bancroft is wishing
    You’ll watch for my husband to come through.

  5. Jonathan /

    Father Earth is a dangerous ball
    In winter, spring, summer, or fall
    But now it is near
    the fifth Season of fear
    for death is the master of all

  6. There was a dark lord all a’glower
    Who plotted from within his black tower
    If he’d ever taken a look
    At any high fantasy book
    He might have kept his power

  7. Sethia /

    There once was a boy named Rand,
    Who’s name was soon known throughout the land,
    He met a guy named Ishamael,
    Who he could not abide by principal,
    The great battle it was called and it was quite grand.

  8. James /

    There once was a scion of Lackless
    Who was raised to be charming, but tactless
    He followed the moon,
    And found himself soon,
    in the Fae realm from whence the orb waxes.

  9. The Waystone in was silent
    Three parts it had none violent
    Sound lacking, men drinking
    The barkeep was thinking
    Of death, his secret like Soylent

  10. All of these are wonderful!

    Our winner is chosen as random, though.

    James, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

    • Sethia /

      “The author of the limerick we like best wins a book from our stacks or a FanLit T-shirt (sizes avail are S – XL). If you live outside the US, we’ll send a $7 Amazon gift card.”

      I think you guy chickened out! 😋

  11. Greetings to the limerickers from FanLit’s 2018 Limerick contest. Our 2020 contest is in progress here:

    We hope to hear from you!

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