Can you write a Valentine's limerick inspired by an opening line written by Philip Ardagh? Send us your romantic rhymes for the chance to win signed copies of his new book The Truth About Love
Eddie Dickens and Grubtown Tales author Philip Ardagh, who will be judging the competition, says:
There's a choice of two opening lines:
"The extraordinary thing about love"
"When struck by an arrow from Cupid"
but you can only submit one limerick, please.
And if you don't know what a limerick is, here's one I've written specially:
The extraordinary thing about love
Is for some that it fits like a glove.
From the moment they meet,
They're swept off their feet,
Whilst the rest of us need a good shove.
Entries can be fun, sad, romantic and/or silly but should rhyme, following the limerick rhyme scheme of AABBA (which looks like a badly spelled pop group, but isn't – see my example above) - and have the right sort of rhythm too (so be sure to read them out a few times before submitting them).
The judge's (that's me!) decision is final!
Good luck and happy Valentine's Day.
How to enter
Send your limerick in the body of an email with 'Valentine's limerick' in the subject line to email@example.com by midday on Wednesday 20 February.
The email must also contain your name, age, address and contact telephone number and the name, contact telephone number and email address of your parent or guardian. The competition is open to children aged up to18 - if you are under 12 years of age you must ask your parent or guardian to enter the competition on your behalf.
Ten winners, chosen by Philip Ardagh, will win copies of his new book, The Truth About Love, full of fun facts about love. The winning poems will also be published on the site.
Terms and conditions
By participating in the "Valentine's limerick" promotion (the "Competition"), you fully agree and accept the "Valentine's limerick" promotion Terms and Conditions (the "Terms and Conditions") set out below (as amended from time to time). These Terms and Conditions should be read in conjunction with information appearing in the online and print newspaper editions relating to the Competition. To the extent there is any inconsistency, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.
1. The Competition is open to UK-based children up to 18 years of age, excluding children of employees or agents of Guardian News & Media Limited ("GNM"), or Macmillan Books, or their group companies or their family members, of anyone else connected with the Competition. We reserve the right to ask for proof of age of entrants to the Competition.
2. To enter the Competition you must ask your parent or guardian to enter the Competition on your behalf if you are under 12. Your parent or guardian must submit your entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org which must consist of, or include, i) "Valentine's limerick" in the subject line, ii) your contact details including your physical address.
3. Please check that your parent or guardian agrees that you may enter the Competition based on these Terms and Conditions.
4. No purchase is necessary in order to enter the Competition.
5. To enter the Competition, entrants must have access to a computer and access to the internet.
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7. Submitting an entry to the Competition is confirmation of acceptance of these terms and conditions.
8. Only one entry is permitted per person. Entries on behalf of another person (except as made by a parent or guardian in accordance with clause 2 above) will not be accepted and joint entries are not allowed.
9. Entry to the Competition opens at 09:30 on 14 February 2013.
10. The closing date and time of the Competition is midday on 20 February 2013.Entries received after the closing date and time will not be included in the prize draw.
11. There will be one prize of
12. 10 winners will be selected from all entries by Philip Ardagh.
13. The winner will be notified by email within one week of the closing date. If the winner and his or her parent or carer cannot be reached or fail to acknowledge such notification immediately, and the prize is therefore unclaimed, GNM will select a new winner of the prize on the same criteria and basis as in clause 12 (and the same acceptance period will apply). If a winner rejects his or her prize, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and GNM shall be entitled to select another winner.
14. The details of the winner may be published on www.guardian.co.uk/childrensbooks.
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16. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
17. GNM reserves the right to change the prize at its discretion to an alternative of similar or higher value.
18. Entries must be the entrant's own original work and must not infringe any third party's intellectual property, moral or other rights. Entrant's must not have not entered into any agreements with third parties that effect GNM's rights to conduct the competition and publish the entry.
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23. GNM reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of GNM in all matters under its control is final and binding including any matters not covered above and no correspondence will be entered into.
24. GNM may, in its reasonable discretion, disqualify any entrant whose conduct is contrary to the spirit or word of these Terms and Conditions.
25. GNM shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
26. Details of the winners can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: The Horrid Henry Competition, Children's book site, Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU.
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28. The Competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by and interpreted according to English law and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any disputes arising in connection with it.