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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

Suggestions and questions are welcome and encouraged.

The Society wishes to thank Russell Beland, Chris Doyle, Kyle Hendrickson, and Pat Myers for their help in assembling the archive that is linked to from this page.

THEMES: Below are links to subsets of these contests, which I call "themes". Most of the contests have been assigned one or more themes, which are indicated with trigraphs. It was not easy going through more than a thousand synposes to make these subjective assignments, so please let me know of any adjustments that should be made.

THEME: LIM

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
May 23, 1993 12  HERE, DOGGEREL Ö  Write a limerick. It must contain one of the following names: "Hillary Rodham Clinton," "Jack Kevorkian," "George Stephanopoulos" or "Bosnia-Herzegovina."  LIM CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Jimmy Nguyen  Text file | Post PDF 
June 21, 1998 275  THERE ONCE WAS CONTEST FROM NANTUCKET Ö  Write a limerick in which the first line is about someone who comes from some place in the Washington area.  LIM WAS   Text file  Courtney Knauth  Text file 
August 22, 2004 572  The Limerixicon  Supply a limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ai- through ar-.  LIM   Text file | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post e-version 
August 21, 2005 624  Limerixicon 2  Supply a limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with bd- through bl-.  LIM   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
September 11, 2005 627  Per-Verse  Write a limerick or other short poem with comically awful rhyming.  LIM POE   Text file  Jesse Frankovich  Text file 
August 6, 2006 674  Limerixicon 3  Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ca-.  LIM LET   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
September 3, 2006 678  Limerick Smackdown!  Chris Doyle and Brendan Beary will go head to head in a series of 10 limericks.  LIM   Text file     
August 12, 2007 726  Limerixicon 4  Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary beginning with cl- through co-.  LIM WOR   Text file  Chris Strolin  Text file 
August 9, 2008 777  Limerixicon 5  Supply a humorous limerick featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters da-.  LIM WOR   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
August 8, 2009 829  Limerixicon 6  Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters di-.  LIM WOR LET   Text file | Post e-version  Andrew Burnet  Text file | Post e-version 
August 14, 2010 882  Limerixicon VII  Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters dr-.  LIM LET   Text file  Carole Lyons
 
Text file (pub 9-11-10)
Text file (pub 9-25-10) 
September 25, 2010 887  Plus-Fours  Write a limerick whose third or fourth line is one of those listed above.  LIM   Text file  Stephen Gold  Text file 
August 7, 2011 931  Limerixicon 8  Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters ea- through -el.  LIM   Text file | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post e-version 
September 25, 2011 938  Free and Lear  Write a limerick using the first two lines of any of Edward Lear's 115 limericks plus your own remaining three lines.  LIM   Text file | Post e-version  Hugh Thirlway  Text file | Post e-version 
June 3, 2012 974  Eat our dust!  Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.  LIM LIT TEL MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle
 
Text file | Post PDF (pub 7-1-12)
Text file (pub 8-19-12) 
August 12, 2012 983  Limerixicon IX  Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters "eq-" through "ez-".  LIM LET   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
March 10, 2013 1012  The news at 5  Write a limerick about a recent news event.  LIM CUL   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 11, 2013 1033  LimeriXicon  Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "fa-".  LIM   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Matt Monitto  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 10, 2014 1084  Limerixicon XI: Fi-, fo-, go!  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "Fl-" through "fo-". (Conversational textLIM POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 16, 2015 1136  Gaah! It's Limerixicon XII  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "ga-". (Conversational textPOE LIM   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 21, 2016 1189  Gee, it's Limerixicon XIII!  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "ge". (Conversational textLIM   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 13, 2017 1240  We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gh-" or "gi-". (Conversational textLIM   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ann Martin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 22, 2018 1276  What 4? A limerick contest  Use a limerick using one of the provided lines as Line 5.  LIM POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 12, 2018 1292  Golly gosh, it's Limerixicon XV  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term, beginning with "gl-" through "go-". (Conversational textLIM   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 19, 2019 1332  We'll call them Spellimericks  Write a humorous limerick that's an acrostic: a pertinent five-letter word or name spelled out by the first letter of each line.  LIM LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Hildy Zampella  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 11, 2019 1344  Well, that's just great -- Itís Limerixicon XVI  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gr-".  LIM LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version