International Year of the Periodic Table
Element Limerick Competition
Show us the poet in you by composing an element-themed limerick and help us celebrate the 150th birthday of the Periodic Table!
1869 is considered the birth of the Periodic Table of Elements. 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)” by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
To celebrate this the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) is running an element-themed limerick competition. The competition is open to chemistry and poetry enthusiasts of all ages and you may use as many verses as you like to compose your limerick. More than one element can be featured in your limerick. Individual and group/team entries are both welcome.
1st Prize $300 and a copy of Scientific Sleuthing
2nd Prize $200 and a copy of Scientific Sleuthing
3rd Prize $100 and a copy of Scientific Sleuthing
You have until 15th November 2019 to compose and submit your element-themed limerick. When you are ready, submit your limerick to Joanna Dowle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once the judges have decided the winners the top limericks will be posted on the NZIC website and they will also be featured at the NZIC conference in November 2019.
The judges’ decision will be final.
Entries will be assessed on:
- Originality and creativity
- Accuracy of the chemistry featured in the limerick
- Composition, including rhythm and rhyme
Full rules of the competition can be found here.