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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 web page 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.)

Submit Limericks »

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST on November 22, 2018.


For this contest, we will select three winners and 2–3 finalists.

The first-place, second-place, and third-place winners will each receive an Amazon gift card worth $25 USD.

Finalists will receive an autographed copy of one of the novels from Mr. Schwabauer’s Legends of Tira-Nor series: Runt the Brave, Runt the Hunted, or The Curse of the Seer. (If your student is a finalist, we will email you to ask which book he or she would prefer.)

Live Webinar

Limerick-WebinarJoin us on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. Central for roughly 45 minutes of student poetry! Mr. S. (accompanied by his daughter) will read a few of their favorite poems aloud, discuss rhythm and rhyme, and award prizes to the five winners.

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

Thursday, November 30, 2018
7:00 p.m. CST

You are not required to sign up in advance for this webinar.

When it’s time to join the webinar, click on the LINK TO THE WEBINAR ROOM.

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).

Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that limericks credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent.

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 person 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 the textbook chapter for more information on writing a limerick.


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