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'Lucky Limerick' contest winners announced

‘Lucky Limerick’ contest winners announced


Happy St. Patty’s Day! Thank you to all who entered the “Lucky Limerick” contest. I hope you enjoyed the wordplay as much as I enjoyed reading your five-line gems. As promised, I’ve judged the entries based on: 1) originality 2) clever last line 3) sticking to limerick format

And without further ado, I present the “Lucky Limerick” winners and their limericks…

Congrats to Kenton A., who wins a personalized luggage tag from the Script and Scribble store. His poem:

On this weekend that honors St. Paddy,
the world famous snake-charming daddy,
while you all sit typing
I’ll be out Highland piping
and driving the local snakes batty.


Congrats to Sophia M., who wins a custom stamper from Paper Fancy for this limerick:

I followed the trail of a buzzing bee,
But forgot that it wanted to sting me;
I laughed off the sting,
I started to sing,
But the hive began following me!

Kenton and Sophia: I’ll reach out for your mailing addresses and we’ll get your prizes sent.

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Enter the 'Lucky Limerick' writing contest

Enter the ‘Lucky Limerick’ writing contest

March 11, 2013 |  by  |  Live life fully  |  , ,  |  20 Comments


Your creative 12-word essays wowed me so much last December, I’ve decided it’s high time to host another writing contest. To get in the mood for St. Patty’s Day, I’m pleased to announce the “Lucky Limerick” writing contest.

What’s a limerick? Glad you asked.

Besides being a city in Ireland, a limerick is a funny, often nonsensical form of poetry, commonly used for delighting children. (Think Mother Goose.) Limericks are composed of five lines, including one couplet and one triplet. They are known for a specific rhyme scheme and sing-song rhythm. (I learned more about them here and here.)

Often containing puns and hyperbole, the limerick punch line surprises the reader in the final line. Here’s a witty example:

There was a young lady of Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
—attributed to Edward Lear and William Cosmo Monkhouse (via

How to enter

To enter your clever five-liner:

Make sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 16 (extended deadline). I’ll judge entries and announce winners on St. Patty’s Day!

Winners, Sponsor Love & Prizes

There will be two winners, selected based on: 1) originality 2) clever last line 3) sticking to limerick format

Thank you to sponsors: Script and Scribble and Paper Fancy! They have generously agreed to offer the following prizes:

Design your own luggage tag from the Script and Scribble store:

script and scribbleluggage tags

Select your own custom stamper from Paper Fancy’s collection.

paper fancy

custom stamper

Let’s see your best limerick. Ready, set, rhyme!



12 essay winners on 12.12.12

12 essay winners on 12.12.12

December 12, 2012 |  by  |  Live life fully, Wordbliss  |  , , ,  |  2 Comments


First, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 12.12.12 essay contest. Your creativity came packaged in 12-word wonders, and I feel as though I received 119 mini presents this week. Due to your wonderful response, I’ll be hosting more contests in the future and invite you to keep coming back to “delighted to write” for more insights on writing, communication, and the delicious art of words.

Also, the contest couldn’t have happened without the wonderful 12 sponsors who offered up their talents as prizes.THANK YOU!

Essay judging

With so many witty essays, selecting winners yesterday was a huge challenge. I enjoyed each and every essay, sorted them into categories, narrowed those down, and solicited help of friends for some that were too close to call.

I ended out making a category for “Arizona” entries because those are the only folks eligible for the photography session. Full disclosure: I made every effort for judging to be fair and I did not judge that portion myself. In two rounds, my colleagues chose Chalice Carpenter, who happens to be one of the prize sponsors and my talented mom (she’s also an impressionist painter, check out her colorful art).

The remaining entries were put into the drawing, and I randomly pulled five names.

Without further ado…drumroll, please….

 Winners: Congrats! I’ll be in touch to let you know your prize in the next couple days.

Sponsors: You’ll be hearing from me, and getting the winners’ contact information to send them their prize.

Whew! Made it. Happy 12.12.12 – do something adventurous today.


USA Today offers $1M free ads for 'smart' copy

USA Today offers $1M free ads for ‘smart’ copy

October 8, 2012 |  by  |  Marketing observations  |  , , ,  |  4 Comments

Writer friends and fellow marketers, we're direly needed. Today marks USA Today's  launch of a print ad competition. They're offering $1 million of free ad space to a winner who can capture interest with zesty, clever copy. Michael Wolff, the USA Today writer who convinced executives to launch the contest, explains the call for savvy copy: "While technological disruption is most often blamed for the existential predicament of the media business, the more precise problem is that advertising doesn't work as well as it used to work. This presents a crisis not only for newspapers, magazines and television -- but also, according to the stock market, for Facebook. We just don't look at advertising, respond to it, or believe it, as much as we once did, wherever it appears.

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