Last year, we asked you to submit your original limericks to the BDN, right around St. Patrick’s Day. We’re doing it again this year, and this time, the reader-picked winner will receive a $50 gift card to Geaghan’s Pub & Restaurant on Main Street in Bangor. Get creative, and send us your poems — and check out ours here! Read the rules below to make sure you’re doing it right.

You can send up to three limericks, along with your full name, home town and phone number. Limericks may be submitted online, or by mail postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 13, sent to Limerick Contest ℅ Bangor Daily News, 491 Main St. Bangor, ME, 04401.
They must be in the correct meter and rhyme scheme: five lines, with an AABBA rhyme scheme, in an anapestic rhythm — look it up if you don’t know what that means. Any limericks that are submitted without those three elements will be disqualified.
Limericks must be PG-rated — sadly, no dirty limericks, as we are a family newspaper — and any poems that use profanity or R-rated language will be disqualified.
The deadline for submissions is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15. The qualifying limericks will be published in the Bangor Daily News for the Saturday, March 17 edition.
The winner of the limerick contest will be decided in a reader vote, that will run from the evening of Friday, March 16 through the morning of Monday, March 19. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Geaghan’s Restaurant and Pub on Main Street in Bangor.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.