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Contest: On The Premises #45: Limerick for 2020

May 23, 2020

Deadline: May 23rd, 2020
Prizes: $40 each
Theme: A Limerick set in 2020

Special Note for Mini-Contest #45: We’re doing just one mini-contest between regular short story contests this time, but it’s a doozy. Instead of the usual $25/$15/$10 for first/second/third, we’re awarding ten prizes of $40 each. That’s a total of $400 in prize money. Why? Because even though $40 isn’t much money, it might make more of a difference in someone’s life than it will to our relatively small annual OTP budget. 

Premise: Life isn’t much fun right now, anywhere in the world. The pandemic has touched everybody to some degree. Wrap up how you feel about life today–the good, the bad, the ugly, the inspiring, the awful, the funny, the not funny–and because this is a contest challenge, send it to us in the form of a limerick. The limerick doesn’t have to be funny, but it does have to evoke thoughts and feelings in us like everything else we ask of you.

For those of you who want to take political themes, please remember our audience is literally world-wide, though it definitely leans Western. Still, jokes requiring a deep understanding of the Hong Kong anti-China protests or some of the subtler points of Brexit might not translate for all of our thousands of readers, so aim for a broad audience.

If you’re wondering what the exact definition of a limerick is, this source should be a big help: https://examples.yourdictionary.com/limerick-examples.html

Deadline: Saturday, May 23, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern US time.

Publication: Winners will be published on or around Sunday, June 7, 2020, when the next contest launches.

Length: It’s a limerick, so limit it to five lines of text. The first, second, and fifth line should have 7 to 10 syllables, and the third and fourth lines should have 5 to 7. No matter what, the third and fourth lines should be shorter than the first, second, and fifth. Remember to use the AABBA rhyming pattern.

Hyphenated Words: Our rules about hyphenated words don’t apply to this contest because the strict format of a limerick takes precedence.

Prizes: There will be ten prizes of $40 each. We will still announce a first, second, and third place–bragging rights count for something!–but the cash prizes will be the same for everyone this time.

Other Rules: One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.

Via: On The Premises Submittable.


May 23, 2020