November 29, 2010
In keeping with the yuletide spirit, we here at TNB are pleased to announce the launch of The TNB Holiday Limerick Contest, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of C, the new novel from celebrated English writer Tom McCarthy. C was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize earlier this year, and you can read a review of it right here on TNB.
The signed copy of C comes to us from the good people at AbeBooks, one of the web’s premiere book marketplaces and a great spot to find used, new, rare, and out of print titles.
Entering the contest is simple. Rules go as follows:
1.) This is a limerick contest. To enter, you must write a limerick and post it on the comment board below. That’s it. (If you’re not sure how to write a limerick, please click here.)
2.) The limerick MUST begin and end with the letter “C.” For example:
Charlie was awfully prophetic
He was also a good bit pathetic
He predicted tomorrow
While weeping with sorrow
And embracing a dour aesthetic.
3.) Limericks will be judged on two basic criteria: A.) technical mastery, and B.) humor. The best-written, most laugh-out-loud funny limerick wins. And remember: It must begin and end with the letter “C.” (Meaning: The first letter of the first word in the limerick must be “C.” And the last letter of the last word in the limerick must be “C.”) Limericks that fail to meet this standard will be disqualified from the competition.
4.) The contest will be judged by me, Milo Martin, and my cohorts on the editorial staff of TNB’s Poetry section. (TNB Poetry editors are, of course, not allowed to enter. Everyone else is welcome.)
4.) Contestants may enter as many times as they like. It’s a free-for-all, people. Bring it.
5.) Entries will be accepted all week long, and the contest will end on Friday, December 3rd, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on TNB on Monday, December 6th. The winner will receive public adulation, the thrill of victory, and the aforementioned signed copy of C, which will ship soon after.
If you have questions, please direct them to postmaster [at] thenervousbreakdown [dot] com.
Many thanks, and happy holidays!