Rib-Tickling Limericks Contest

** Information below is from the 2016 event. 2017 dates TBA (event will take place before Christmas). **

We are hosting another contest and live webinar event for our Cover Story students! Any student who is currently using the curriculum is eligible to enter up to two limericks for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Curious about this poetic form? Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for a more in-depth explanation of limericks.

How Your Student Can Enter

  1. Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit up to 2 limericks.
  2. The questions must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
  3. To be eligible for prizes, the limerick(s) must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
  4. The limerick must be accompanied by the student’s first name, age, state/province of residence, and shipping address. (The address should be accompanied by a first and last name, but only the student’s first name will be listed next to his or her entries.)
  5. Submissions should be emailed to Please include the phrase “Limerick Contest” in the subject line of your email.
  6. When contest winners are chosen, we will contact you to find out which prize your student would prefer. If your student is a winner, please be watching for this email.

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST on November 29, 2016.


The top three winners will receive:

A 1-year magazine subscription to Stone Soup

  • Targeted at students aged 8–13.
  • All content (stories, poems, etc.) is created completely by students
  • Always accepting submissions—we want to encourage your student to keep writing!where-sidewalk-ends-book

Finalists may choose between:

A book of humorous poetry

  • Your student’s choice from several different book
  • Features well-known poets like Shel Silverstein and Bruce Lansky

A poetry magnet kit

  • Hundreds of words included
  • Your student’s choice from several different kits, some general, some themed (artist, nature, food, unicorns, etc.)

Live Webinar

On Tuesday, December 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. CST, Mr. and Mrs. S. will host a special live webinar for you and your Cover Story student. We’ll read a few limericks aloud (with flair!), award prizes to the winners, and celebrate the joy of poetry.

NOTEYou do NOT have to be present at the webinar to win your prize. But it will be fun, so don’t miss it!

> Tuesday, December 8, 2016
> 7:00 p.m. CST

You are not required to sign up in advance for this webinar.

When it’s time to join the webinar, use this LINK TO THE WEBINAR ROOM.

Parents / Family Members

Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that limericks credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will only share your student’s submissions using their first name, age, and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.

Limerick Rules

Limericks, which are covered in Chapter 18 of the Cover Story textbook, should follow this form:

9 syllables (A-rhyme)
9 syllables (A-rhyme)
5 syllables (B-rhyme)
5 syllables (B-rhyme)
9 syllables (A-rhyme)

Though the student has a bit of flexibility with the number of syllables, the rhyme scheme should remain unchanged. Typically, limericks are lighthearted and humorous, and often depict a particular mishap befalling the person presented in the first line.

NOTE: Your student may enter the limerick from their magazine if they wish, or they may compose one or two new limericks to send in. Please refer to the video lecture and the texbook chapter for more information on writing a limerick.