March 15 - 25, 2017

Sciku Contest

Entry form is closed.

See Atlanta's best,
sowing the seeds of science
with their poetry.

With the launch of its inaugural Sciku science haiku contest, the Atlanta Science Festival combines the art of poetry with the beauty of science! Anyone can submit original haikus featuring their favorite science topic. Weekly winners will receive a free 2016 Atlanta Science Festival T-shirt and be featured on Atlanta Science Festival social media, as part of our Sciku Sunday series. In addition, the best of the best will be promoted in our monthly newsletters.

An overall winner will be chosen during the Atlanta Science Festival week, March 19-26, 2016 and receive a special prize presented on stage during the Festival’s Exploration Expo, March 26. So tap into your creative side and share your best sciku!

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Science! Science! Yay!

Share your science love.
You don't need to make it rhyme.

But trust me, you can.


Submissions are no longer being accepted. Check out the winners here, and on social media using #AtlSciku. Weekly winners were announced on #SciKuSundays on Atlanta Science Festival's Twitter and Facebook feeds. In addition to social media fame, each weekly winner will receive a free 2016 Atlanta Science Festival t-shirt!

  • The contest will open Sunday, November 1 at 8:00am. The first winner will be announced November 8, 2015.
  • The final weekly winner will be announced February 14, 2016.
  • All weekly winners will be invited on stage during the Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo on March 26, 2016, when an overall winner from among the weekly winners will be announced. The overall winner will receive a special prize.



  • The contest is open to anyone wishing to enter.
  • Submissions must be in the form of an original haiku. Traditional haikus consist of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven, and third has five. Subject matter should reflect a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topic. This includes but is not limited to chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, nanotechnology, computer science, discovery, innovation, statistics, etc.
  • Selective science prompts may be given throughout the contest via Twitter and the contest webpage ( Submissions during that week should reflect the given prompt. For example, if a prompt of ‘zoology’ is announced on a given Sunday, all submissions during that week from Sunday to Saturday should contain the subject matter of animals. Follow @AtlSciFest to stay informed.
  • Weekly winners will be selected from the pool of previously submitted entries by a team of sciku enthusiasts at the Atlanta Science Festival. Preference will be given to entries from contestants who have not previously won.
  • Contestants are permitted a maximum of three (3) entries per week. 
  • Entries are to be submitted via the online submission form available at Participants are also encouraged to share their scikus on Facebook or Twitter using #AtlSciku. Entries must include the author's name, age, and email address.
  • All entries must be original, uncopied, and unpublished work. Entries must be the contestant’s own work and written without any external help.
  • Winning entries will be featured on one or more Atlanta Science Festival communication channels including Facebook, Twitter, and monthly newsletters. Each weekly winner will receive a free 2016 Atlanta Science Festival T-shirt. An overall winner will be chosen during the week of the Atlanta Science Festival (March 19-26, 2016) and receive a special prize presented on stage during the Festival’s Exploration Expo on March 26, 2016.
  • By submitting your work, you grant the Atlanta Science Festival, Inc. unrestricted permission to re-format, re-publish, and otherwise use your name, age, and haiku for promotional purposes for the Atlanta Science Festival without further compensation.
  • Questions? Contact