Quantum Haiku

Can you write about quantum physics in just three lines? To celebrate Quantum Shorts, EQuS is challenging students and adults around the world to describe the wonder of quantum physics in 17 syllables through haiku. 

The prize is a one-year digital subscription to the Scientific American.

How do I enter?

Each poem you submit needs to be in the form of haiku – that is, they must be three lines long and should only be seventeen syllables. Sound tricky? Here’s a guide and some quantum resources (and a generator).

Entries open on October 15, 2015. All entries must be submitted by 23:59 AEST on October 23, 2015 and the winning entry will be announced by the end of October. All poems may be used for promotional purposes. Authors will be acknowledged whenever the poem is published. The winner may be asked to provide a photo.

Terms and conditions

By entering, each entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to their Submission:

  1. Entrant is the sole and exclusive owner and copyright holder of the Submission;
  2. The Submission is 100% original and does not contain any third party copyrighted material, brand names or trademarks or any content that otherwise infringes on the privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of a third party; and
  3. By providing a Submission, entrant consents to give Organizer a non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submission under a Creative Commons license.

Members of the judging panel, employees, officers and directors of the organisers, scientific partners and media partners and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers or distributors of Contest materials and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) of such individuals/employees/officers/directors are not eligible to enter.

The competition is now closed

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