Sci-ku Competition

The RiAus and Friendly Street Poets are holding a great sci-ku poetry competition, so unleash your inner poet and send us your best science haiku. Great prizes await those who can master the art of the sci-ku.


What is sci-ku?
Inspired by the Japanese haiku, sci-ku is basically a short, three-lined poem about the 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.

Write your sci-ku:
Each poem must not exceed the three-line maximum. Syllable counts are irrelevant. Each entrant may submit a maximum of three sci-kus.

Pick your category:
Entries can be made in primary (12 years and under), secondary (13-18 inclusive) or open (no age limit) categories.

Send us your entries:
All entries must be emailed to The subject heading should read: Sci-ku + Your Name + Category (primary, secondary, open).
The email should contain the Name, Age, Address, Telephone number and Email address of the entrant.
Up to three poems submitted as text should be emailed as a single Word document attachment to your email.
Submissions may also be posted to: RiAus/FSP Sci-ku Competition, PO Box 3652, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000.

Some rules:
All poems must be original, unpublished (in text form or online) works by the poet entering the competition.
All poets must be residents of Australia.
All entries must be received by Friday July 16 2010 or be date stamped July 15 2010 at the latest.
No poems will be returned.
The judges' decision is final; no further correspondence will be accepted.
All entries may published on the RiAus & Friendly Street Poets websites.

The prizes:
1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes will be awarded in each category, with prizes of $250, $100 and $50 worth of book vouchers, respectively.
1st prize winners in each category will receive a Kindle e-Reader.
1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners in each category will see their sci-ku and name in lights on RiAus' unique digital sash artwork on the exterior of the Science Exchange building in Adelaide (as pictured below).
1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes (and other selected entries) will be published on the RiAus & Friendly Street Poets websites and in the Friendly Street Poets annual anthology Reader 35.
Other great prizes include books provided by Friendly Street and Wakefield Press.