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Entries Welcome for First Annual Long Island Limerick Contest

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Joan Digby, Director,Poetry Center, English Department
LIU Post
516-299-2840
Joan.Digby@liu.edu,
Ewa Rumprecht, President
Think Long Island First
516-584-3155

A WRITER WHO HAILED FROM LONG ISLAND
ONCE PENNED A LIMERICK POEM;
ENTERED THE "THINK
LONG ISLAND FIRST" THING
AND TOOK THE GRAND PRIZE HOME

September 18, 2012, NY – The Poetry Center of LIU Post and Think Long Island First are issuing a call to pens for all poets in the area to participate in the first annual Long Island Limerick Competition. Limericks must contain a name of a Long Island town, village, or site, with the resulting submissions creating a rich tapestry of the unique experience of living on Long Island.

The contest will start with the free Limerick Workshop at Think Long Island First on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. Contestants' participation in the Workshop, conducted by renowned poet and one of the judges Joan Digby, is not required but it does provide a good introduction for the novices or refresher for the experienced poets. A limerick is a short, light poem in an AABBA form, like the one below by Digby:

A horsewoman from Oyster Bay
Fed her husband and horses on hay
Her spouse begged for steak
Said she made a mistake
Then he looked up and started to neigh.

"The workshop and the contest will give beginners a quick and fun introduction to poetry and the more seasoned poets a chance to sharpen their skills," said Digby. "We are all excited to see the different – and surely amusing – takes on living here."

"As a business that is constantly championing the creative works of artists on Long Island, we are thrilled to be at the helm of this project that will once again highlight the people and places found here," said Ewa Rumprecht, president of Think Long Island First.

Eligibility: The Competition is open to residents of Long Island. Entries must be entrants' own, original work. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

Entry Submission: Contestants are required to submit entries online at www.thinklongislandfirst.combetween
October 21, 2012 and October 31, 2012.

Entries must include a name or an implicit reference to a town, village, or well-known site on Long Island. Entries cannot include obscenities. Submissions may be rejected if incomplete or if deemed inappropriate, at the sole discretion of the event committee.

Accepted Entries: Accepted entries including author's name and town will be displayed on Think Long Island First website on November 1 in the order they were received. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony, which will take place at Think Long Island First in Oyster Bay, on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 2 pm.

Judging: Limericks will be judged for their creativity, metrics, and language by three distinguished Long Island poets and teachers: Joan Digby of LIU Post, Barbara Novack of Molloy College, and Diane Simone Lutz of Queensborough Community College.

Awards:
1st Place - $25 Think Long Island First gift certificate
2nd Place - $15 Think Long Island First gift certificate
3rd Place - $10 Think Long Island First gift certificate
Winning limericks will be published in the Long Island Poem for Sunday series run by Think Long Island First.

General: The event organizers reserve the right to use the submitted poems for publicity or promotion purposes, free of charge. Authors retain their copyrights.
Questions: Email any questions to ewa@thinklongislandfirst.com.

ABOUT POETRY CENTER AT LIU Post
Established in 1974, the Poetry Center at LIU Post is the longest-running literary center at any university in the metropolitan New York area. Every year the Poetry Center sponsors a series of poetry readings and other events. The Poetry Center has maintained a principle of bringing to campus poets who write in different traditions and come from different parts of the United States and abroad, as well as writers from the Long Island community.

ABOUT THINK LONG ISLAND FIRST
Think Long Island First
is dedicated to promoting goods made on Long Island by local artists and craftsmen thus lowering the environmental footprint of the long distance delivery of products. The company lifts the barrier of anonymity and non-accountability by introducing to the general public not only the local products but also their
makers.

Posted 09/27/2012

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