Limerick Challenge!

Monday February 25, 2019

The Monmouth County Library and the Jersey Shore Poets will present the 8th annual celebration of poetry for National Poetry Month, Poets Live! this April.  Just for fun, we decided to include limericks this year.  These little poems are fun to read and fun to write. 

Limericks have five lines.  Lines one, two and five have 7-9 syllables, and rhyme.  Lines three and four have 5-7 syllables and rhyme with each other.  The rhythm (meter) and 'music' of the lines are consistent.  

Submit your original limericks!  Poems will be divided into two categories:  Young People (under 18 yrs of age) and Adult (18 and older). Poets may submit up to three limericks.  Members of the Jersey Shore Poets will review the limericks and select the winners and runners-up to be read by their authors at the formal part of the Poets Live! program in April.  The reviewers will look for technically correct, original, and generally appealing poems.  

Send your limericks to:, or by US Mail to Limerick Challenge, c/o Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.  Be sure to put your name, address, age and phone number on each poem.  Poems must be received electronically, or postmarked, by March 1, 2019.  Authors must agree that any work sent to us may be shared with the general public. 

Selected limericks will be posted at the Library for all to enjoy. All limerick writers are encouraged to read their poems during the open mic portion of the day. For more information, contact Kim Avagliano ( at the Library.   

Location: Eastern Branch
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