Can you sci-ku?

Here is a great little competition in honour of Australian Year of the Farmer

Starts on Saturday 30 June 2012 & ends Sunday 19 August 2012.
Location: The Science Exchange. Program: Great Big Science Read, Book Club.

Can you sci-ku?

RiAus is delighted to present its third annual sci-ku poetry competition.

This year we’re looking for sci-kus with a farming or agricultural theme in recognition of 2012 being  the Australian Year of the Farmer. Unleash your inner poet by submitting your best science haiku. Read a sciku by Glenn McGrath.

There are great prizes up for grabs and winning entries will be displayed on the LED ribbon artwork on the outside of the Science Exchange.

This competition is part of Great Big Science Read 2012 and National Science Week 2012.

What is Sci-ku?

Inspired by the Japanese haiku, sci-ku is a short three-line poem about sciences. Sci-ku is a small, modest and humble poem that depicts the everyday world around us, aiming to give a flash of insight into that world — like a scientific ‘Eureka!’ moment expressed briefly in words.

Sci-ku Criteria

Each poem must have a thematic link to farming or agriculture and not exceed the three-line maximum. Syllable counts are not relevant. Each entrant is invited to submit a maximum of three sci-kus.


You can submit in one of three categories:

Primary (12 years and under), secondary (13-18 inclusive) or open (no age limit). Please make it clear in which category you are entering when you submit your sci-ku.

The Rules

All poems must be original, unpublished works (in print or online) by the poet entering the competition.

All entries must be received by Sunday 19 August 2012 or be date stamped Thursday 16 August 2012 at the latest.

No poems will be returned.

The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.

The Prizes

1st prize winners in each category will receive a Kindle e-Reader.

2nd & 3rd prizes will be awarded in each category, with prizes of $50 and $20 worth of book vouchers, respectively.

1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners in each category will see their sci-ku and name in lights on the RiAus ribbon artwork on the exterior of the Science Exchange in Adelaide.

1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes (and other selected entries) will be published on the RiAus website.

Need some inspiration?

Browse the winning sci-kus from 2011!

Science poetry has been around for a while. In 1984 New South Wales physicist J. W. V. Storey published his academic paper as a poem in The Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia. Read his poem on Brain Pickings.

Sci-ku Entry Form

Enter the third annual sci-ku poetry competition to be in the running for some great prizes!

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