Write some limericks for us, if you will
By RICK GERSHMAN
Published January 19, 2007
With the Gasparilla Pirate Festival approaching, City Times wants to offer readers an opportunity to wax rhapsodic about Tampa's signature event.
So welcome to the first City Times Gasparilla Limerick Extravaganza. Enter as many times as you like through Sunday.
We'll publish the top entries in the Jan. 26 pirate-packed Gasparilla edition of City Times.
One winner will receive the grand prize of the first and possibly only Annual Gasparilla Limerick Extravaganza Trophy, and we'll throw in some consolation prizes for the runnersup.
If you don't recall the limerick format, here are a couple of examples:
Not everyone parties this day
But many do come out and play
Hundreds of thousands attend
Yo and ho 'til the end
While others say, "No way, Jose."
Gasparilla can be fun, it's true
But just what are women to do?
They get beads for bared chests
But because of those breasts
They can never join Ye Mystic Krewe.
We've received some great entries since beginning the contest last week, but others did not fit the format. The basics: A limerick is five lines. Lines 1, 2 and 5 are generally the same length and rhyme at the end. The same rule applies to Lines 3 and 4. And preferably, Line 5 should be a witty twist on what precedes it.
The contest rules are simple. Keep the bawdiness level well within the "family newspaper" zone - no "Nantucket" rhymes, thanks - and e-mail your entry (subject: "Limerick Contest") to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday. Good luck!
(Oh, and Kate Fueyo: There is no minimum age to enter - sweet of you to ask - so thanks for your lovely limerick!)
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