Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply Now to the University of Wyoming apply now
Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW
Menu
Contact Us

History Building

Dept. 3198

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5101

Fax: 307-766-5192

Email: uwhistory@uwyo.edu

Limerick Contest

Wyoming Suffrage Celebration

A significant event happened in 1869,
The entire reason for writing this rhyme.
It granted women the right to vote,
Making all the other states take note.
Yes, Wyoming was 50 years ahead of its time!

Help celebrate one hundred and fifty years of women’s suffrage in Wyoming—by writing a limerick!

In 1869, the Wyoming Territorial Legislature passed groundbreaking a law granting women the right to vote in all elections and full political equality with men. This happened fifty years before passage of the 19th Amendment gave women across the US voting rights.

While fighting for suffrage was serious business, winning and keeping the right to vote calls for a bit of celebratory silliness. Indulge in some good humor and hone your wordplay to devise a limerick that captures the wit, joy, and humor of Wyoming’s historic role in the suffrage story.
 

To enter, fill out the entry form below. Contest begins September 3, 2019, and entries must be submitted by October 6, 2019 at midnight (MT.) Limericks must contain five lines, and you may enter as many times as you wish. Winning limericks will be announced Monday, November 4, 2019. Winning limericks and our favorite runners-up will be shared on Wyoming Public Radio.

K-12

College/University

Open











I agree



Limericks: A How-To Guide

There are four guidelines that you should follow to write a good limerick. Although they do allow some leeway for the creative mind, the farther you stray from these guidelines, the less limerick-like your finished poem will be.

First, its length: A limerick is always five lines long. There’s very little wiggle room here.
Second, its rhyme scheme: A limerick always has an AABBA rhyme scheme, meaning that the first, second, and fifth lines end in a shared rhyme, as do the third and fourth. Some authors flirt with the format by swapping those letters around, but at best, these are variations on the limerick structure. For all intents and purposes, if it’s not AABBA, it’s not a limerick.
(source: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/04/writing-limericks-history/)

Need a bit of a refresher on the history of Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming? Click the link below: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/right-choice-wrong-reasons-wyoming-women-win-right-vote

Some helpful keywords to inspire limericks:

 

  • William Bright
  • Legislature
  • Wyoming
  • Territory
  • Wyoming Territory
  • Ester Hobart Morris
  • South Pass City
  • Cheyenne
  • Governor
  • Governor Campbell
  • eighteen-sixty nine
  • Louisa Swain
  • Suffrage
  • Voting
  • Ballot
  • winter
  • Repeal
  • Vote
  • Franchise
  • December Ten
  • Elect
  • Poll
  • Polling place
  • Polls
  • Exercise rights
  • Democracy
  • Constitution
  • Equal rights
  • Grant
  • Hold office
  • Capitol
  • Laramie
  • Martha Boies
  • Stewart
  • Jury
  • Bailiff
  • Juror
  • Justice of Peace
  • Political equality
Contact Us

History Building

Dept. 3198

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5101

Fax: 307-766-5192

Email: uwhistory@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon