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NASA’s “Out Of This World” Poetry Contest May 3, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry, Word Play.

Milka (Perfecting Motherhood) shared a link to an “Out of this World” poetry contest with me yesterday:

Send Your Haiku To Mars!  NASA Seeks Poets

This stellar contest is open to everyone on Planet Earth.  All submitted haiku must be in English, with three lines following the 5-7-5 syllable format.

An example from newscast anchor Dave Mattingly:

Mars, you planet red
No life, just craters and ice
Dark, dark, dark, dark, goose

He’s got my vote!

Wikipedia ~ Kirk’s Soap (in Public Domain)

Three poets will be invited to send their haiku into outer space with NASA in November.  Everyone who enters will have their name included on the DVD.

The submission deadline is July 1.  Starting July 15, the public will vote to select three winning poems to travel on the spacecraft’s DVD.  Winners will be announced Aug. 8.

The poems will be accompanied on the MAVEN by student artwork, selected by popular vote in a separate contest.

What a great way to rocket to stardom, to launch your poetry career, to take your writing to the next level, and to boldly go where no haiku has gone before!

I can see your resume now . . . “partnered with NASA on the MAVEN mission.”

Illustrations:  Wikipedia ~ MARS

For more details:  Send Your Name and Message to MARS! and Contest Rules.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Tammy - May 3, 2013

Sounds like a dinner time assignment in my house!

nrhatch - May 3, 2013

Yes! The last batch of dinnertime haiku were such FUN. Maybe they can liken MARS to a bright red to-mah-to. :mrgreen:

And win, place, or show . . . their names will be shot into space on the DVD!

2. adeeyoyo - May 3, 2013

Haha, what a great idea! Do they want photo’s of us, lol?

nrhatch - May 3, 2013

Fun ideas, especially for budding astronomers and galactic poets! Not sure about the photos . . . maybe you get to post a pic with your poem. 😎

3. Andra Watkins - May 3, 2013

I’ll have to share this one with a few of the poets I know.

nrhatch - May 3, 2013

Yes, do! It would be a unique “resume padding” entry for sure.

4. jannatwrites - May 3, 2013

I bet they’ll get tons of Haikus! Fun idea 🙂

nrhatch - May 3, 2013

The art contest for
kids is winding down ~ it’s the
tail-end of the vote

But we can still write
haiku if we want to see
our blithe words take flight

5. Three Well Beings - May 3, 2013

The reward for a winning effort is really great! Yes, out of this world. LOL!

nrhatch - May 3, 2013

Maybe you and your granddaughters can co-write a poem ~ have they been bitten by the writing bug?

6. Perfecting Motherhood - May 4, 2013

Are you going to do it? You could reach for the stars!

nrhatch - May 4, 2013

I might . . . but probably won’t. That said, if I had kids interested in space exploration, Mars, Martians, or astronomy, I would encourage them to submit, read other submissions and, come November, follow the MAVEN mission.

3 ~ 2 ~ Blast Off! :mrgreen:

7. kateshrewsday - May 5, 2013

Sending your haiku into outer space. You can’t beat that for a prize, can you, Nancy?

nrhatch - May 5, 2013

Great for poetry
and cosmic enthusiasts
who reach for the stars

8. 2e0mca - May 5, 2013

Should we use a specially developed pen or will a Russian Pencil do 😉

nrhatch - May 5, 2013

Oh, definitely, use one of NASA’s specially developed pens, or a Russian Pencil in a pinch. 😉

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