3rd Annual Sci-Ku Poetry Competition

  • by National Office
  • 3 July, 2012
3rd Annual Sci-Ku Poetry Competition

A poem on the electronic sign outside the Royal Institute of Australia.Unleash your inner poet by submitting your best science haiku.

We’re looking for sci-kus with a FARMING or AGRICULTURAL theme in recognition of the 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer. This is a Great Big Science Read competition as part of National Science Week 2012.

What is a Sci-Ku?

Inspired by the Japanese haiku, sci-ku is a short three-line poem about science that depicts the everyday world around us.

The Caterories

  • Primary (12 years and under)
  • Secondary (13–18 years inclusive)
  • Open (no age limit)

Entrants are asked to clearly state which category is being entered.

The Rules

  • Each poem must be on the theme of farming or agriculture.
  • Poems should not exceed three lines. Syllable counts are not relevant.
  • Each entrant may submit a maximum of three sci-kus.
  • All poems must be original, unpublished works (in print or online) by the poet entering the competition.
  • Entries open Wednesday 18 July and must be received at RiAus by Sunday 19 August 2012.
  • No poems will be returned.
  • The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.

The Prizes

  • 1st prize in each category–Kindle e-Reader
  • 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded in each category, with prizes of $50 and $20 worth of book vouchers respectively.
  • Prize winners will see their sci-ku and name in lights on the RiAus ribbon artwork on the exterior of The Science Exchange in Adelaide.
  • Prize winners and other selected entries will be published on the RiAus website.

More info and how to Enter

For more details visit the sci-ku website. Send your entries in via email.

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