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Welcome to this year’s second 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 webpage 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.)

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Nov. 29, 2023.

Submit Your Student’s Limericks »


As always, there will be prizes: specially designed certificates for 1st – 3rd place, plus a collection of Edward Lear’s famed limericks for our winner!

Live Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, December 20, at 10:00 a.m. Central for roughly 30 minutes of student poetry! Teammates Sarah and Rosey will read favorite poems aloud, discuss rhythm and rhyme, and award prizes.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023
10:00 a.m. Central Time

You are not required to sign up in advance for this webinar, and we will send a reminder email before December 20.

Go to Webinar Room

The online “room” will be open a few minutes early—generally within 15 minutes of start time—so that you can connect and be ready before it starts. If it will be your first time watching one of our webinars, we recommend joining early so you have time to install the Zoom extension if you need to (the webinar service we use).

** We will send out a link to watch a recording, if you have to miss it. **


  • We will only share your student’s submissions using their first name, age, and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.
  • Parents/family members: Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that poems credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent or other outside sources.

Limerick Guidlines

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 character 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 Student Book chapter for more information on writing a limerick.

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