Thursday, December 6, 2012

Scifaiku Contest - Win a Year's Subscription to Poets & Writers magazine!

Christmas Gift by Petr Kratochvil

The good folks at Poets & Writers are running a two-for-one holiday offer for current magazine subscribers, so I thought I'd pass along the extra subscription to one lucky winner by way of a poetry contest.  I'm partial to scifaiku (science fiction haiku, read a good definition here and see some examples at Scifaikuest), so here's your challenge:

Leave me one original scifaiku in the comments section of this post before midnight EST December 24, 2012.  I will choose my favorite and announce a winner on or before December 28, 2012.  Please leave me enough contact information so that I can track you down.  If you are chosen as the winner, I'll need a street address so I can tell Poets & Writers where to send your subscription.  I reserve the right to choose a different winner if I can't locate you.

Rules & fine print: One entry per person.  Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.  The decision of the judge (me) is final.  Scifaiku do not have to adhere to a 5-7-5 syllable scheme, but should be roughly around that number of syllables.  The winning prize - a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers magazine - can not be converted into a cash prize.  This contest is not sponsored by Poets & Writers, Scifaikuest, or anyone else (except maybe my 11-year-old son, who suggested the contest).  Void where prohibited by law.

Please note: All rights to any poems remain with their authors.  However, numerous journals consider ANY appearance online to be publication and, if you place your poem here, these venues may not consider your poem as an unpublished submission.  When in doubt, save your best work for your favorite journal.

Good luck!


  1. Overnight I lost
    my voice - feet become
    twin blue fins.

    *You can reach me at jeannine dot gailey at live dot com.

  2. the aliens' grasp
    of haiku's basic concept:
    seventeen small farts

  3. lace panties
    patterns in the static
    from the SETI probe

  4. defies description
    unclear definition, what
    but Science Fiction

  5. From silent dark towns,
    Glowing streams tween silent nodes
    Dreams ofelectric men.

  6. Hollowed asteroid
    --zygote born of desire--
    finding a new home

  7. Beyond the rings
    darkness between the stars
    deepest space

  8. Dear Ms.Kelsey:

    Here is my entry:

    just one head,only two eyes
    but elegant? c'mon

    dan smith can be reached at: and at:
    dan smith
    P.O.Box 29432
    Parma,OH. 44129

  9. elfbots
    my little shoppers

    N.E. Taylor
    amarna14 at yahoo dot com

  10. Thanks for running this contest, Julie. (And thanks to your son!)

    in soldered skulls
    preprogrammed memories
    echoing unheard

    Happy holidays, N Sloboda

  11. incessant voices
    haunt my dreams -- cacophonies
    of demons, and gods

    jestanley AT cox DOT net

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  15. Thank you for sponsoring this contest. Haiku is an interesting form and sci-fi is the invitation of imagination. I have written both, but never thought of bringing an "in the moment" form of poetry into an out-of-this-world genre. You have stretched my imagination.

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