2014 writing contest
The 2014 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest is NOW OPEN and
entries are being accepted!
Download an Official Entry Form:
[WORD Format] | [PDF Format]
Here are the contest rules:
- Only one entry per person. Please type or print your poems so we can
- Use the official entry form (copies of the form are acceptable) to
write a poem about the nervous system in the style for your age
- All poems, limericks and haiku must have at least THREE lines
and CANNOT be longer than TEN lines. Material that is shorter than three
lines or longer than ten lines will not be read.
- All material must have a neuroscience theme such as brain anatomy (a
part of the brain), brain function (memory, language, emotions, movement,
the senses, etc.), drug abuse or brain health (helmets, brain disorders,
etc.). Be creative! Use your brain!
- Entries will be divided into five age groups:
If you are in Kindergarten to Grade 2, your poem can
be in any style; it doesn't even have to rhyme.
If you are in Grade 3 to Grade 5, your poem must
rhyme. You can rhyme the last words on lines one and two; the last words
on lines three and four, etc. or you can choose your own pattern.
If you are in Grade 6 to Grade 8, your poem must be in
the form of a
haiku. A haiku has only THREE lines. Also, haiku MUST use the following
pattern: 5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the second line; 5
syllables in the third line.
Three pounds of jelly
wobbling around in my skull
and it can do math.
If you are in Grade 9 to Grade 12, your poem must be
in the form of a limerick. A limerick has 5 lines; lines one, two and five
rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables; lines three
and four rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables.
The brain is important, that's true,
For all things a person will do,
From reading to writing,
To skiing to biting,
It makes up the person who's you.
If you are a college student, teacher, parent or someone
else, your poem must rhyme and explain why it is important to
learn about the brain.
- To enter the contest, mail your completed entry form with your poem
Dr. Eric H. Chudler
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd St., Box 37
Seattle, WA 98105-6271
- Entries must be received by February 1, 2014 and
cannot be returned.
- People and their families associated with the Neuroscience for Kids
web site are not eligible to enter the contest. Kids from ALL
countries are welcome to participate.
- The staff of Neuroscience for Kids and other individuals will judge
poems on the basis of originality, scientific accuracy and overall
- At least one winner from each group will be selected. Winners will be
announced by March 1 and will be notified by e-mail or regular mail. The
winner agrees to allow Neuroscience for Kids to publish his/her name
(first name and last initial only) and poem on the Neuroscience for Kids
web site. Winner addresses and e-mail addresses will NOT be published.
- All materials received will become the property of Neuroscience for
Kids and will not be returned. Neuroscience for Kids will not be
responsible for entries that are damaged or lost in the mail.
- Winners will be awarded a book or other prize to be determined later.
Prizes will be mailed to the address listed on the winner's entry
CONTEST SPONSOR: NEURO4KIDS.COM
- Void where prohibited by law. Questions about this contest should be
directed to Dr. Chudler at: email@example.com
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