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50th LPSC Haiku Contest!!!

All LPSC Abstract Summaries in haiku format have been automatically entered in the contest. A panel of skilled and literate judges will select the top five haikus accompanying accepted abstracts (oral, poster, and print only). These top five poets will receive awards, to be presented at the poster session on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in front of the LPI booth.

All Abstract Summaries in haiku format are eligible, except those submitted by the judges.

Criteria for Judging a Haiku:

  1. The Abstract Summary should be in the general format of a haiku poem. The judges will consider those with rhythmic syllable count similar to the classic form of 5-7-5. Small variants (e.g., 5-9-5) are acceptable, consistent with the current state of English haiku. Other verse forms are not eligible, e.g. limericks. 

  2. The haiku must serve their practical purpose: with the abstract title, they must tell the reader what to expect in the abstract. And the expectation must match the abstract itself. Here’s an example from LPSC of a few years ago.


    "High Radar Reflectivity on Venus’ Highlands: Different Signatures on Ovda Regio and Maxwell Montes"
    E. Harrington, A. H. Treiman. Abstract #2713.
    The hills grow brighter
    As you climb, but the summits
    Remain in darkness.

  3. The haiku should engage the reader. It should teach or explain something, or pose interesting questions. Would you want to share the poem? 

  4. Bonus points for literary values (e.g., meter, alliteration), including:

    1. Ideally, the haiku should have a ‘punch,’ a jolt, an unexpected turn in the last line. For example, consider this lovely example Here is a translated example from the Japanese master Issa-san, especially for our colleagues who hunt meteorites in Antarctica.: 

      from the esteemed nose
      of the esteemed Buddha –
      an icicle

    2. Ideally, the haiku should be ‘mature,’ in the sense of including ambiguity, humor, shades of meaning, and/or puns.