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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 haiku accompanying accepted abstracts (oral and poster). These top five poets will receive awards to be presented during the conference.

All abstract summaries in haiku format are eligible, except those submitted by the haiku judges.

Criteria for Judging Haiku:

  1. The abstract summary should be in the general form of haiku (or senryu or zappai). 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 (e.g., Kimo), 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 unapologetic example from LPSC 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 and maturity in construction, including for instances, meter, alliteration, ambiguity and shades of meaning, and/or humor or puns).

    Particularly characteristic of the best haiku is a "punch", a jolt, an unexpected turn (in Japanese - kireji), typically in the last line. An example (for our Antarctic meteorite hunters) here is a slightly modified version of a classic haiku from the Japanese master Issa-san:

    from the esteemed nose
    of the esteemed Buddha –
    a snotsicle